Inlines

Remember when emoticons were new? You’d send a little joke to a friend with a 😉 tacked on, they’d write you back asking what they hey?, and you’d say: “tilt your head to the left.”

I’ve been feeling that way lately, as I’ve come to discover the usefulness of inline tags, but lament that they are little-known. Not that they’ll become well-known because they show up here, but hey, it’s worth a shot.

Inlines add emotional inflection to a group of words. To use them, surround the word you wish to alter. The inlines (that I know) are:

Bald-Faced Lie: ~
Confession: %
Brag: +
Rimshot: ^
Pedantry: #

Examples of usage:

~I love you~
%I love you%
+You love me!+
^I loove you.^
#That’s love, you halfwit.#

More involved:

I ~love~ you.
I love ~you~.

My fave is the inline BFL, which I use for insulting people I like. ~Bastard.~

Inlines are more flexible and precise than emoticons for expressing tone in text. As long as they’re not over used (oh please save us from tackiness!), they’re a great tool.

17 Responses to Inlines

  1. iceberg273 says:

    %I’ve been using inline BFL on my site for a while.% I’ve not been using other inline tags though because it felt like too much to explain. It’s nice that someone finally tried to gather all of the inline tags that I’ve seen around the ‘net into one place.

    Just one question: people sometimes use * as a tag to denote an action (as in *cries*). Is this considered an inline tag? Does anyone know?

  2. Cat says:

    I think the asterisks have been around longer than inline tags. Perhaps this means they are the Father of Inlines. *giggles*

  3. Salt says:

    Brilliant timing, kitty. I slip up too often by using them in emails and such, now that I’m used to seeing them around on various sites (aren’t they used a bunch on MetaFilter?), and folks who haven’t met up with them yet are always asking me if I’m having trouble with my computer again.

    If I’m understanding the usage correctly, I think I’ve also seen some hugs and kisses used inline in the same fashion as your other tags, as in:
    XOXFrykitty is the smoochiestXOX

  4. kathryn says:

    does this mean that the category for each frytopia post is actually a, *gasp*, lie?

  5. Cat says:

    ~Absolutely. Especially when the category is “cool stuff”.~

    Ha, I didn’t even think about the confusing layout ramifications. I lie! I lie!

  6. Sennoma says:

    #I prefer “inline tags” to “inlines”, myself.# “Inlines” could be skates or something. But I agree, whatever you call these things they do add a fun and useful extra level to informal writing.

    I just hope to Dog that people don’t start doing inline tags in the air with their hands, the way they do with quote marks!

  7. Cat says:

    “I just hope to Dog that people don’t start doing inline tags in the air with their hands, the way they do with quote marks!”

    HAHAHAHA! Oh, how would you do a tilde? Wave like an egyptian? Heh. Now I’m gonna try it.

  8. Sennoma says:

    Now I’m gonna try it.

    Oh no. What have I done?

  9. Sennoma says:

    Also, now I see why you used quotes instead of italics.

  10. Cat says:

    “Also, now I see why you used quotes instead of italics.”

    *does ‘air quotes’ just to annoy Senn*

  11. Sennoma says:

    *does ‘air quotes’ just to annoy Senn*

    ~*is suitably annoyed*~

  12. Cat says:

    The lie being that he is unsuitably annoyed.

  13. j.edwards says:

    Get a comment forum, you two!

  14. Fred W. says:

    I said this over at that other place, but no one gave a rat’s ass…

    …how about @@…@@ as an inline for “hey! Lookie! Lookie!”? Because it looks like eyes…get it?

  15. Cat says:

    Fred, I think we need some examples. Maybe:

    @@LOOK AT MY ASS!@@

    It reminds me of those tacky eBay auctions where they spell “look” as “L@@K!”

    I do think I see where you’re going though. Kind of a “this is really cool” tag.

  16. jr says:

    “I just hope to Dog that people don’t start doing inline tags in the air with their hands, the way they do with quote marks!”
    ____________________________________

    I do this all the time. With BFL. And you know what? The ~cool~ peeps know exactly what I’m doing.

    %Also, I make a little “doot” noise when I do them.%