Do We Smile Too Much?

I just typed a brief message to my friend not long ago and re-reading it made me realize what I had written

“I’ve sent it 🙂 ”

Honestly, I don’t know why I put that smiley right there…it just happened. In fact, I know lots of people my age who cannot help but use an emoticon after every sentence!

It doesn’t necessarily mean that I was smiling right then but I can’t really explain why I typed it anyway.

The graphical smiley face was created in the year 1963 by an artist named Harvey Ball to bolster the morale of the employees of an insurance company(it apparently worked).That emoticon went on to inspire so many of the other emoticons we see today.Believe it or not but a New York Times transcript of Abraham Lincoln’s speech written in 1862 reveals the sign” 😉 ” which may be a typo, a punctuation construct…or it just may be an emoticon winking right at us!

The cute yellow smileys( I always wondered why they were yellow…is it because yellow is a psychologically optimistic colour? Or simply because they are suffering from Jaundice? If it is the first reason, then shouldnt the sad emoticons be a different colour?Blue maybe? ) are thoroughly over-used these days and I wonder, are we smiling too much? Are the emoticons taking over?

Today, there are so many emoticons that I really can’t say I know even one-fourth of the total out there. I honestly didn’t know there was an emoticon for an upturned table.(why would anybody want to use that?)

Here is a list of the most common ones I know: (try tilting your head to your left and see the face as if it were a sentence..from the left to the right. It makes sense that way. The leftmost would be the eyes and so on.)

😛 – an emoticon where the colon represents the two eyes and the “P” is a tongue sticking out.

😉 – this time I didn’t use a colon because this is a winking emoticon, I used a semi colon instead.

o.O – which would represent the two eyes(and a nose in between I believe), where one eye is larger than the other.

:S – this is used to express confusion

:/ – this emoticon most aptly describes your mood when you are feeling down in the dumps about everything. You are sad, annoyed, angry…and the list goes on.

Goodbye for now!

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Did You Just Say “OMG”?

I’m pretty sure it’s not just me.

It’s everywhere! I have already expressed my views on the various short forms of everyday words we use on emails and chats and text messages but I have yet to point out how much it grieves me when words like “lol”, “omg” and “ily” are used when we talk to each other.

I was recently discussing the use of such short forms with a friend of mine and the only thing we could think ofwhy people do this is to save “time”. In this “pedal to the metal” world around us, time has become like a deep breath—both a luxury and a necessity that we rarely get and yet, if that is the case, then why do we spend hours on social networking sites? Of course, you could be the exception; I am strictly speaking in general terms.

To be honest, I don’t see how “OMG” can possibly convey the shock and surprise that a well-delivered “OH MY GOD” can express. It’s not satisfying to say just 3 letters when you find your new hybrid that you’ve waited 6 moths to get and pledged your soul to a foreign nation just got paint balled!   

And don’t you start on why you should say “OMG” simply because you are conserving “energy”.

Another friend of mine and I were chatting one morning when I happened to crack some joke. You wouldn’t believe what she said (well, maybe you would). She laughed a little and then said “lol”. First, I thought she was pulling my leg and then I saw she was still smiling. Yes friends, the world most certainly is changing!

There are so many more ways people indulge into such awful language and they are all around us. Spelling is getting worse and so is grammar. And I am worried to death. I do not want to live in a world where people go around saying only 5-6 letters when they meet. How on earth are the conversations going to continue?

Around 25 years later: two friends meet…their face to face conversations will be something like the one given below.

“Hey”

“Hi”

“watsup?”

“nm. you?”

“sme here.”

“gtgnw”

“k”

“bye. hftc”

“bye”

Oh yes, you can imagine your kids/grandkids saying this…

I am not saying I don’t indulge in net slang. Due to the hatred I have for the word “lol” I have never used it and yet, I find myself using other short forms such as “gn” for goodnight or perhaps if I have enough time, I may actually type “gudnight” instead!

Believe me, though; I so terribly want to change.

PS- Did you know “DLTBBB” means “Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite”?

 PPS- A huge thankyou to Lorna…I couldnt have done this without you 🙂