Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Meta Emoticons And Their Meta Meanings

So in response to Chelsea's post, and this exchange I thought it would be wise to offer up some alternative smiley/emoticons. Cause there's clearly some sort of problem, and I suspect it might be that our current emoticons don't convey enough depth to our thought process. Since I've been studying hipsters and their meta-ways, I figured I'd throw out some "Meta Emoticons" that might help deepen your IM and E-mail exchanges.


:-d?
Dude, this indicates I’m only emoticoning to acknowledge your attempt at humor, and I don’t know why.

:-d
Dude, this indicates I’m only emoticoning to acknowledge your attempt at humor.

:-/
Dude, the slash represents the ambivalence I feel about expressing an emotion at all. I don’t know whether to smile and encourage or display my true lack of enthusiasm over your recent comments.

:-/?
Dude, the slash represents the ambivalence I feel about expressing an emotion at all. I don’t know whether to smile and encourage or display my true lack of enthusiasm over your recent comments, and I don’t know why.

???
Why ask why, you can only ask why.

?????
Why ask why, you can only ask why, why?

;-c
Can you believe that not only do I use emoticons, but I still use the wink. People shouldn’t wink in real life, let alone in internet life. UPDATE: Also doesn't it look like I have a fu-manchu or something?

!!?…
Shit!, Fuck!, Really?, tell me more ...

:-~
That wasn’t the real me saying that, it was the idealized version of me that I project as my IM/E-mail consciousness/sensibility/persona.


Related:
New Emoticons For Messaging Friends From Work [Michelle Collins]
New Urgent Text Messages [Chelsea Peretti]

9 comments:

  1. I use this one all the time:

    :-/

    All too often it expresses my somewhat askance/skeptical/exasperated view of things.

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  2. yeah, I definitely have an idealized version of myself I present. idealized me is awesome.

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  3. You should definately grow a fu manchu.

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  4. The last one is definitely the winner.

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  5. You lost me at "emoticoning!!!"

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  6. :-/ is clearly the emoticon that best represents Dick Cheney. He's a muppet gone askew.

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  7. Please don't go adding to the range of emoticons. I don't want to have to revise my current defintion:

    Emoticon:
    A set of keystrokes used to express the full range of human emotions, a range which consists of smiling, winking, frowning, and holding one's mouth open or closed at an angle.

    The Blogger's Dictionary

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  8. I don't think I've ever, ever used a single emoticon.

    I plan on keeping it that way. I prefer text over cutsey little emoticons. Leave them to the teenagers and their msn.

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  9. Anonymous2/07/2007

    So what does ^^ mean?

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