Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: James Kass (
Date: Mon Dec 29 2008 - 01:54:18 CST

David Starner replied,

>>>"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.

During the time elapsed since the above arrived, I've been pondering.
Maybe I'm starting to understand this.

The first one means I should, 'go to hell', exactly as it says.

The second one means I should, 'go to hell......and have a nice day!'

Best regards,

James Kass

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