Monday, May 11, 2009


What the hell is up with :-\ ? What emotion is it supposed to be conveying? Can anybody actually make that face?


Anonymous said...

Dear Matrisking... I can't believe you are hating on one of my favorite emoticons...

When I use this face when I feel the sense of disappointment. Someone could easily use this face and I'm sure people use it all the time. Matter of fact... watch the kid's face from that Trigon commercial... right after he says "he kicked him in the penis"... a face of disgust and disappointment appears on his face. His mouth is slightly open, but overall it looks like this... :-\

I am going to keep on using this emoticon... :-\

your friend,
bawlplaya1 :-\

DBeiler said...

One of the major problems with a purely text-based communications medium is the difficulty in understanding the intent or 'between-the-words,' if you will, of a statement. Great writers manage to convey the sort of things with their words that as speakers we emphasize to make ourselves understood.
While it can be done with words, not everyone writing on the internet is a Dickens or a Melville, as evidenced by ANY YOUTUBE VIDEO'S COMMENTS.

The question becomes, how do near-illiterate typists manage to convey their emotions to the internet-going public?

The answer, of course, is EMOTICONS, which, in my opinion, are an iron spike in the lid of the coffin of understandable English.

While we can try to get cute and clever with our emoticons, making clowns: *<0:-D~ and annoying things like that, there are really only three possibilities:
Happy - :-)
Sad - :-(
Indifferent - :-|

And yet there are many variations on these themes. :-] is also happy. if P. D. ], }, ), and any other glyph bearing this orientation of curve are acceptable happies, / \ and | should be acceptible indifferents.

Personally, :-/ is reserved for a statement which contains both elements of good and bad, e.g.

Statement: Grandma died, so I get lots of inheritance money!
Response: :-/

- Dave