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My own feeling is that these symbols cheapen and deaden communication. We are losing the 20th century richness of all our European languages at a massive rate because of all the internet short cuts. We are losing the written word, the printed photograph, all records of human existence are vanishing onto friable hard drives. Is this civilisation or catastrophe? You won't see me using emojis, I prefer to stimulate the imagination of my readers with good prose. Likewise I am not seeking the approbation of my fellow thinkers through the mind numbing cocaine of what a good French friend calls 'Fesse Bouk'. Try Google translate on that if you like! One reason why I love the Economist is because its writers use decent English, but when I see even some supposedly reputable organisations using 'bigging up' or, just as obnoxious, 'biggifying' for instance, I cringe.The ancient Egyptians used a very concise and exact form of hieroglyphics which are delightful and thrilling to decipher. These horrible little smileys and God knows what else mean nothing either precise or intelligible and make my toes curl.
Emojis: Invented 5000 years ago by the Egyptians. We are not that clever after all.
Personally I would be happy :-) to stick to the original, not mess about :-(
Meanwhile an acquaintance persists in ending messages with "J" which I think is supposed to mean something ...
How did Shakespeare manage without?
"But designers keen to incorporate emoji installed upgrades that allowed the inclusion in Unicode of hundreds of languages that would otherwise have been ignored."
Looks like the developers of this website haven't caught on either...
Where's that sarcasm smiley when you need it?