Alpha likes hazelnut ice-cream. I like smilies.. 🙂
Bravo likes blueberry muffins. I like smilies.. 😀
Charlie likes steak ‘n chips. I like smilies.. 😆
So now you know everything you wanted to know about me but were afraid to ask. 😛 I’m just bombastically crazy about smilies. Full stop.
Exactly, what is a smiley?
The Oxford Dictionary tells us the meaning of ‘smiley’ – It is a simple picture of a smiling face that is drawn as a circle with two eyes and a curved mouth.
It goes on to say that these symbols are used in email or text messages to show that the person sending the message is pleased or joking. 😮
Wiktionary says that smiley means cheerful and happy; smiling.
These zany yellow smilies are featured with big grins, cheeky winks, dark shades, 👿 devilish ears, green-eyed , teary-eyed and boggle-eyed. 😯 Among my favourites is the one with two little red hearts on the forehead. Look it up, check it out. Too cute.
Wow, what a variety! 🙄 It befuddles the mind and casts a spell of magical wonder. To borrow Ken Dodd’s phraseology – ‘How tickled I am!’ by these charming stylized representation of a smiling human face, commonly represented as a yellow (many other colours are also used) circle (or sphere) with two black dots representing eyes and a black arc representing the mouth.
Make this a happy world – share the happiness, send a smiley!
So whether you are a mountain climber or an Arctic explorer, there’s a smiley face waiting right here for you…just take your pick.. 😉
However, I do (albeit, rather grudgingly) agree that there are some people out there who simply can’t stand the smiley. 😡 They avoid typing out the colon and the bracket. Heaven forbid, that they should ever be seen with a yellow smiling emoticon emblazoned in their writings…oh gawdie, that is a definite no-no.. ❗
Let me tell you now about my dear friend. I must mention here that Smiley is not his favourite character, but then neither is Papa Smurf. However, one day a miracle happened. I got my friend to type out, not just one but several smilies in his email. Aha, victory! Right back atcha, mate, a great big smug smile/grin.. 😀
The following is a gist of the messages which swung back and forth in cyberspace. Kindly make note that in order to protect his identity, sanity and shame 😳 , my friend’s name has been changed. Read on.
: I enjoyed the joke. Very funny! (lol)
Me: You’re welcome.. 🙂
George Clooney: I didn’t disappoint then?
Me: Disappoint? On the contrary………you never cease to amaze me, pal!!! 🙂
George Clooney: LOL!!!!
Me: But……..and there is always, always a ‘but’….if I could just get you to type out a little, just a wee one mind you…..a little!!!! You never use emoticons…pal! 🙂
George Clooney: :):):)
Me: Nooooooo!!! Wrong, wrong, oh-so wrong, mister!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 …..correct! 🙂 Men!! *Mal rolls eyes*
George Clooney: LOL!!! I can just imagine the eye roll!!!!!!!!!
Conclusion: Sigh. GC is over generous with LOL and extremely miserly with the smilies.. 😥
OD’d on the exclamation marks? Guilty as charged. The both of us, alas.. 😦
Well, at least I introduced him to Smiley. Papa Smurf will just have to wait. They do say, once in a blue moon…
Ah, my computer is telling me I’ve got mail. It’s another message from George Clooney. I wonder how many smilies I’ll get today.. 😕
By the way, George (as in the real Mr George Clooney), if you are, by any chance, reading this, please, pretty please, post me a smiley.. 😉
❓ And, in case some of you are wondering just who the heck is Grumpy, click here. Have a nice day! 🙂
Maloquacious © 2011
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