gerry_g wrote:Pretty harsh, ignorant and judgmental response!!! ........
Way to take a joke Gerry.
= "RAZZ" .... or in other words, I'm joking around by bustin' your balls. Sheesh!
With your explanation, I accept it as "intended humor" and retract my comment. Internet messaging has it's faults.
As written, your only indication of "RAZZ" was associated with money trees in Eastern MA. If the entire message was humor, spreading out multiple smilies might have helped.
Razz is a particularly hard smilie to understand since common usage varies. By dictionary look up:
Razz - "to deride; make fun of; tease."
Deride - "to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock."
This is an internet characteristic, not a personal one. In face to face meetings one can see how a message is being received (and delivered) and rapidly adapt. More care is actually needed with quick internet messages. Tiny smilies don't replace words They are simply a cute way to enhance words.
I've been guilty of poor wording on occasion where a smilie didn't convey intent of a message well and thus now try to use words with smilies simply for cuteness, not content.