Texting is convenient when you are on the go, and emoticons are convenient when texting. But I don’t particularly like them.
I do like emoticons that are made with punctuation, such as this double-chinned wink from Laura Kvasnosky,this mouse from Margaret Chodos-Irvine, or a shruggie from the internet.
I just love punctuation. Period.
Marc Johns wants them to be portable-
Vanity plates (and businesses, musicians and content managers) sometimes disemvowel words, but you still knw wht they are saying. It is amazing how much you can understand even when letters are scrambled. Gary Sweeney illustrated this idea, called typoglycemia (which is the opposite of C-D-C.)
There is something delightful about reading letters, words or punctuation and only being able to understand them with a little mental leap. That leap is XLR8N.
Here is a poem for today which lives in those leaps:
May you have a wndrfl & xi-10 year to come.