Just recently I downloaded the Emoji app on my iPhone.
Basically, this app just has a bazillion emoticons you can use whilst texting…
What is an emoticon, you might ask?
Well good question.
An emoticon (/ɨˈmoʊtɨkɒn/) is a metacommunicative pictorial representation of a facial expression which in the absence of the prosody serves to draw a receiver’s attention to the tenor or temper of a sender’s nominal verbal communication, changing and improving its interpretation.
Basically, it’s a bunch of smiley faces and other assorted pictures.
Are they cute?
Do they represent emotions well?
Can you abuse their emotional communicative power?
Prime example of my emoticon usage.
I was having a rough day, okay?
And what better way to express it than…. EMOTICONS!!!!