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27th-Mar-2009 05:37 pm
Jasper has to have surgery. :(

What is the correct way to punctuate a sentence ending with a smiley? My grammatical instinct is to put the full stop after the smiley, in order to include the emotion therein with the sentence (in the same way as one puts punctuation outside, and succeeding, brackets). However, that looks wrong as the full stop becomes embroiled within the smiley. Putting the full stop before implies the smiley stands on its own as a sentence, which it does not, and the only other option is to leave the punctuation out all together, which is just wrong.

Or I could just use words, but where would be the point?

Anyway, his canine cavity is open from where the tooth used to be, and the poor old man has an infection. So he'll require surgery to clear out the infection and attempt to seal up the hole.

He is healthy, especially for a 19 year old cat, but in general anyway. His blood tests are coming back normal, his thyroid is under control, and our vets have a good record with this kind of thing. So he'll be fine. I'm the one with a problem with surgery, not him.

While we were at the vets - which is also an animal shelter -  I was made sad by the annoyed and frustrated lady who came in with a cat she said had been left on her doorstep by someone else, and which she refused to have in her house. When the man at reception explained they didn't have any room and suggested some more animal shelters, she left. It was only as Izzy and I were leaving that we discovered she had just leftthe catbox outside the shelter. So we had to take it in and leave them with it. Someone else's problem, I guess.

I just hope everything works out OK
27th-Mar-2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I treat the smiley as if it were an exclamation mark or question mark. Full stop with frills on. But that only works if the sentence is at the end of a paragraph.

I hope your cat does alright.
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27th-Mar-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
As above, I treat emoticons like periods :)

Or exclamation marks :o

I've never found one that can be properly used to replace a question mark tho :(

Thinking good thoughts for Jasper!
27th-Mar-2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Now you mention it. What does one use? :S
27th-Mar-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
YIM provides but that translates back into a rather lame :-?

The best I can come up with is /:| for a raised eyebrow kind of questioning expression type-thing.
27th-Mar-2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Smileys are extra punctuation that go after the regular punctuation, kind of like quotation marks.

I hope your kitty's dentistry goes OK and that he is a happy kitty afterward.
27th-Mar-2009 08:53 pm (UTC)

Hope your kitty feels better soon.
27th-Mar-2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'd puncutation a sentence with emoticon the way you just did. :D It's too confusing looking otherwise. :( The one that really confuses me is when I have to do one with paranthesis (because then the smiley mouth risks being confused with the close bracket like so :) ) So I put a space after it. DEEP THOUGHTS

Poor ouchy tooth. But yay for you being a good parent. XD And woe abandoned cat. Sigh. I sort of understand her frustration--she does the "right thing" by bringing the cat in, but then they won't take it anyway. But still. :/
28th-Mar-2009 08:40 am (UTC)
I filled myself with opinions of what she should have done, which is actually unhelpful of me, and I'll try to let those opinions go. However, I would have phoned around. I'm sure the RSPCA do pick ups.
28th-Mar-2009 01:08 am (UTC)
19! Wow! Go Jasper! (over use of exclaimation marks but it is Saturday Morning)

Ask the vet if it is possible not to give him a General Anesthetic but heavy sedation with a local and/or a nerve block. Your vet will know best but seeing that he is 19 GA may be a lot for him. (ex vet assistant perspective)
28th-Mar-2009 09:00 am (UTC)
The (highly comepetent) Practice manager and vet are both confident, and happy to go forward. Jasper has regular blood tests anyway for his hyperthroid, which is nicely under control, and apart from arthritis, he's a very healthy cat.

He'll be fine.
29th-Mar-2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Hope the kitty is ok.

As for smilies I usually punctuate after it, thus making it a part of the sentence. I feel weird if it is on it's own.
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