Thursday, January 21, 2016 – Throw Back Thursday to Hieroglyphics or Saint Emoticon – Patron Saint of the Inarticulate

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – Throw Back Thursday to Hieroglyphics or Saint Emoticon – Patron Saint of the Inarticulate

Throw Back Thursday all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. They drew pictures on the walls called hieroglyphics. Fast forward to today and we have emoticons.

Doctor hat on: Definition: An emoticon is an etymologically a portmanteau of emotion and icon, is a metacommunicative pictorial representation of a facial expression that, in the absence of body language and prosody, serves to draw a receiver’s attention to the tenor or temper of a sender’s nominal non-verbal communication, changing and improving its interpretation.

Doctor hat off: My definition: An emoticon is a teeny tiny picture trying to show what the writer is expressing; it is too small for most eyes to see, sounds like it is a anti diarrhea medicine and has facial expressions that I do not understand.

Furthermore emoticons vary between Eastern and Western cultures. Someone in Japan may be nonverbally saying “Have a nice day” while some in New York may nonverbally be saying with the same emoticon “Oh crap; more snow.” I am unable to tell if I am wishing someone happiness or telling them to kiss my ass.

For example: The emoticon on the left resembles the front grill of a 1962 Thunderbird automobile with headlight covers, while the emoticon on the right seems to be expressing singing a Stevie Wonder song with a hockey stick smile.

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Therefore, do not expect to see a great use of emoticons from me. Besides, what if space aliens landed and all that was left of our culture was emoticons about the Kardashians?

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