Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: David Starner (
Date: Wed Dec 24 2008 - 14:32:18 CST

On Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 2:53 PM, James Kass <> wrote:
> Clark S. Cox III wrote,
>>Which is exactly the same function served by emoticons. Some things
>>can take on a very different meaning without them:
>>"You can go to hell"
>>"You can go to hell :)"
>>One of them is a playful, sarcastic jab, while the other is quite
>>insulting. The emoticon distinguishes and tells us how to read them.
> They are both insulting.

Are you deaf? If not, then you should understand the intonations that
people are trying to replicate by these emoticons, intonations which
are very similar to the ones that can distinguish the interrogative
and exclamatory senses that the question mark and exclamation point
are used for.

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