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Perhaps a guide in this quandary lies in your noting that emoticons are part of *informal* writing, and so perhaps, it just does not matter too much. :-)

I tend to use your option one, while always feeling forced to stop and think about it!

I greatly dislike programmes that automatically convert to graphical smileys; Google Chat's versions are probably the least offensive I know of.

david.lepage March 5, 2010, 12:20pm

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I beg your pardon, "dyske", not "dyke".

david.lepage March 5, 2010, 10:03am

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Perhaps this is a case where one needs the context to answer your question properly.

In a novel, I would prefer dyke's solution, or "a quarter per cent", and would not be troubled if the precise number was 0.24%. Rounding up would be fine in that context. But in a scientific or academic text, I would go for "point twenty five per cent".

(Without looking, I'm guessing that the "percent / per cent" discussion is somewhere on this site, to which I am a happy newcomer. As you will have gathered, I lean towards "per cent".)

david.lepage March 5, 2010, 9:54am

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