Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Emoticons Disfigured...News at 11

Emoticons are interesting, though I've been instructed (keepin' it didactic, peeps) that they are no longer the cool thing to do. I'm not done with them yet and you have my phone to thank because it doesn't do the cool little pictures. Older versions of the smart phone are cheaper but you lose the ability (inherent to the most recent versions) to perform important tasks, like texting your husband a poodle emoji. That's what an extra $300 gets you, folks. Savvy shopping.

Let's go back in time: 
When first we saw emoticons appear in our computerized online life, I found it amusing to see the various art forms that followed. Expressing emotion with a few key strokes was not enough, so some took it to the next level. You can't dampen the artistic heart, by golly. I'm not sure what to call it, short of an art form. Some were complex things like:

Of course, I'd never remember how to do those big picture-type keyboard art forms. In spite of that, I have been gainfully employed and my resume is available as proof for skeptics. 

Still, I could jump on the smallest bandwagon 
with the little emoticons for the average Joe, like:  
:^)     :っ)    or   :-p

Celebrities appeared... 

John Lennon   //0-0\\ 

  Homer Simpson    ~(_8^(I)

'Fess up...nearly everyone used this one at one time or another:
:-|   or    :-)   or   <3

My point is that the emoticon has proven to be a selfless friend, ready to assist you in conveying your emotions and elevating the level of comprehension of your meaning with each keystroke. All the emoticon wanted to do was to spice up your email and texts. They deserve respect. And yet, people have started to deface and disfigure emoticons on a daily basis. 


It's like a crime has been committed and no one cares.

:(     :(     :(

Are keyboard jockeys just too busy to put in the nose? I'm concerned for the little guys. It seems so unfair. 

It's just a dash, people. Be kind.


  1. When I first saw emoticons, I sneered. Emoticons? How childish. I knew my writing conveyed my feelings without any silly pictures. But the little buggers got to me. They're too cute, dagnabbit! Now I loooove them, with dashes and without!

    ¸.•´ ¸.•*¨)¸.•*¨)
    (¸.•´(¸.• (¸.•´¸¸.•¨¯`•.¸¸.♥

    1. Lexa, I was SO hoping someone used emoticons in their comments, ha ha ha.

  2. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    Shecky Shady here, the cute but overused smiley face of blogging :) .

    Me likey that pink Coco emoji and I will gladly pay an extra $300 to get it. In fact, I met a guy on a street the other day, drove a hard bargain and got him to sell me FIVE pink Cocos for $999.

    You wrote:


    You'd be wearing a frown, too, if your nose went missing. :(

    May I be serious for a moment if I promise to be funny again tomorrow? To me, the invention and widespread use of emoticons is part of an alarming trend in recent years to make everything quicker, easier and simpler. Why should young people take the time to develop creative writing skills to convey their emotions when they can click on a symbol and let it do the job for them? In the early 1990s, I started noticing that big budget Hollywood movies were grossly overusing music and sound effects for dramatic or comedic effect. There was no longer any guess work required. Audiences didn't have to decide how they felt about the movie because the background music dictated to them how they were supposed to feel. Loud, string-heavy orchestra music told them that it was time to be sad and cry. Whimsical music tipped them off that what was happening on the screen was supposed to be funny. The practice is even more widespread in today's scripted television shows. In a crime drama, the moment a perp breaks away from police and starts running down the street to elude capture, the appropriate "bad guy running away" music starts to play. Just about every TV rom-com has the same whimsical music track to coax us into laughing. And we thought canned laughter was bad! Forcing me to listen to that sickeningly sweet violin/harp soundtrack for 30 minutes does not make me laugh. It has the opposite effect on me.

    Great topic, dear Cherdo. Happy hump day to you! :) :) :)

    1. You made some really good points about the musical background carrying the weight of the emotions! I'd like to add that I'm seeing an annoying trend in audio mixing - you can't hardly get away from that background music. I used to adjust the balance; I'm not sure what's happening but that isn't so easy to do now. Or, I'm just old; that factors in to a lot of things.

      Trends are always interesting to me. Out of the blue, it seems like everyone is doing something and then, one day, it just changes. It's like everyone got a memo: quit putting the nose on the smiley effective immediately.

      Half way through the week and racing toward the weekend. Be well, fella!

    2. I'm laughing so hard about the pink Cocos.

  3. I have the emoticons on my IPhone, but don't have an app on the computer for them. I find them kind of fun, and they do convey emotions. I remember when we had to go into Word for those little characters when on the computer.

    1. ...and we were geek cool because we knew all the combo keystrokes. Ah, those were the days...

  4. I love emoticons! I use them all the time, but I think they look silly with the nose. I just don't like that dash or dot there, so my emoticons will be nose-less. :P ;) :D

    1. Whatever you do, do with passion and reckless abandon! Out with the noses!

  5. I still see this one often <3 and I still can't figure out what it's supposed to be. Looks like a double-scoop ice cream cone on its side to me.

    I use emoticons occasionally, mostly to clue people in that I'm kidding because some folks can't seem to figure it out otherwise. If I'm in a hurry I'll use :-) or ;-) Yes, I ALWAYS include a nose.

    But I came up with my own emoticon which I use if I'm not in too big a hurry:
    Flat Top haircut and a beatnik beard.
    Why be like everyone else, know wotta mean?

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Ha ha ha...I love your emoticon. (ლ ۞ิ ჴ ۞ิ)ლ

  6. hahahaaa-I always use :) and I know i have with you often because I didn't know about the nose thing. Really I didn't I even fail at the emoticon:-)

    1. (Actually, I like to poke fun at things that don't really matter to me at the nose on the emoticon. We're good...)

  7. I like emoticons. I don't use them a lot, but I never forget the nose. Sir Shady doesn't have to worry too much about the younger generation (including me). I've never received a message from my oxymorons that included an emoticon. What's an emoji?


    1. An emoji is a little picture, like the poodle. (⑅ 「O_o)



  8. I've been using emoticons instead of some punctuation lately. I need it so people can tell my tone of voice over the internet ;) As for the nose, I'm clearly with the "against" crowd ;)

  9. I do use emoticons because as Michael above me said, it is difficult in the sense that people can't hear your tone of voice or see if you are smiling or not. :)

  10. LOL, I guess I never thought about adding a nose. : )


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Love, Cherdo