Lesson Resources – Passive Aggressive Smileys

Some may view emoticons or “smileys” as yet another facet of technology’s destruction of the English language. But think about it: How can they add to the range of emotional resources already available in written language? Are they any more or less communicative than any other written form?

Here’s a little bit on the history of emoticons, from The Jargon File and Salon Magazine.

Did you know that emoticons differ from culture to culture? In Japanese, they’re called Emoji, and the different forms emoticons take there may have culturally different impacts on the reader. Emoji have become popular with some Americans with their inclusion on the iPhone, but as it happens, Apple demanded they be removed from the iPhone because it is hard to manage their copyrights.