Monday, March 26, 2007


A while ago I was reading one of my favorite blogs: afkgamer. His last of 5 tips on starting an alt(#5 - "Don't tell your guild") reminded me of the time when I gave myself away just by my punctuation.

You see, I was suckered into logging into one of my super-secret-alts to help a friend (Friend-A). We grouped up and went about leveling him in tailoring or some such. (I know help leveling a profession probably sounds absurd in WoW, but we come from SWG -- it's what we know.)

One of our other friends (Friend-B) logged on and, as was our habit, Friend-A immediately (forgetting my super-secret-alt was grouped) invited Friend-B into our group. Crraaaap.

I tried to exit stage right asap without engaging and having to reveal who I was. I simply said:

Gotta go. Bye.

And logged. Yet somehow, Friend-B knew it was me. How?

Later when he asked, nay, told me that was me, (and not wanting to lie to this particular friend I fessed up), I asked him how he knew.

"The period," he said. "You're the only one that uses it."

Apparently, it's not just that I'm a careful typer. You see, I have this thing about not wanting to emote. (Seriously, it just looks dorky.) So whenever someone says something funny, I say:




An important difference to an emote-o-phobe. Because with "lol" you emote the laugh. With "lol." you don't. And thus I was known for using a period, a super-secret-alt's identity was blown and the term "emote-o-phobe" may now humbly make its way back into gaming obscurity.


Psyae said...

I'm the same exact way. Been caught (or nearly caught) too many times using correct grammar/punctuation.

Had to develop my own form of 1337 speak. Lovely.

Delaney said...

Well you get kudos in my book for use of the word "lovely." Apparently we are unique in our use of that word as well. :)