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iOS 5: Use Siri to dictate emoticons
Authored by: gopes on Dec 06, '11 06:51:13AM

Unfortunately for those who would prefer a feature/ability not exist that they don't have to use in the first place, Siri (/Nuance Dictate) already supports/recognizes at least some of the more common abbreviations, like LOL, LMAO, BRB, and BBQ (which could also be barbecue, anyway).

Back to emoticons, since Siri doesn't recognize things like "kiss face", you can still use them by speaking the punctuation, like "colon hyphen asterisk" for the :-* kiss face, or "colon hyphen cap P" for :-P (saying "cap" before a word or letter capitalizes it). The only thing to watch out for, when dictating a smilie after a word, is that speaking a colon after a word will /not/ insert a space between the word and the colon, as there isn't supposed to be in normal writing. I haven't been able to get the "space bar" command to work, which is what turns a hyphenated word into two separate words.

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