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Just watched an interesting segment on the news yesterday that talked about the fact that many young people are now using emoticons to communicate on sms or twitter etc. The reporter was saying that there were at one time only about 150 emoticons to consider. Now there are literally thousands to download, and not just faces, but houses, hospitals, swords, teeth and so on. The question they asked was, ‘will emoticons take over messaging?’
My answer – yes and no. Emoticons are just another fad way to communicate and I have to say I do enjoy it myself, as sometimes a picture can say a thousand words, even if it is just a little yellow face with gleaning teeth.
The only thing I can say is – after this, then what? Full pictures? Not sure.
But what I do say is that we should all chill out a bit and stop worrying about the demise of the perfect English language and have fun with it. If you are writing to your friends and family, it’s just another way to make it interesting and funny.