I took French in high school for not one, not two, not three, not four, but five years straight. The rest of my family is fluent. I’m also Canadian, which I feel like should automatically make me bilingual. Yeah, no.
Recently, The New York Times ran a story on emoticons and their place in professional correspondence. On the pro-emoticon side, busy marketers and executives made the case for smiley faces in the work place, saying that a well-placed emoticon can offset sarcasm and