24 December 2012


These clever little pictures, made from conventional symbols could be considered a sub-genre of text speak, or an art form in themselves.  Even emoticons are subject to the vagaries of nationality - Western emoticons need to be looked at with the head tilted to the left, while the Japanese use emoticoms that can be viewed straight on:

implies great joy

implies the opposite

to remind you that something is a joke

means the sender is sceptical about something

a nudge-nudge-style wink, meant to soften the impact

wearing designer sunglasses and therefore cool

wearing nerdy glasses and therefore uncool

is to suggest that the sender is a walrus

Japanese emoticon for Star Wars Princess Leia

Japanese emoticon for a goldfish

Here's a full list from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emoticons

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