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Why do Russians use ")" as a smiley instead of ":)"?

Behold the most Russian response ever.

Sergey's fingers will not tolerate this abuse.

@JordiGH Does that mean in such a system I would need to know everyone's right- or left-side dominance to know what emotional weight their emoticons carry? Or is there never any variation?

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@clover Honestly, my biggest concern is what to do in Russian when you actually do need a parenthetical remark )))

@JordiGH @malte what's the name of the Russian generation that had children before AOL existed?

@JordiGH @wilbr @malte they had an almost continuous boom before the WW2, that only receded once birth control became widespread

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