I don’t know what age I’ll get to before I see smileys as irrelevant. For now, I just love them and where they seem not to exist, I improvise *grin* 😀
Surprisingly, 2go (2go.co.za) has the smiliest set of smileys, although there are no *ROTF* or *dancing* or *eyelashes* as found on BBM. Maybe I love the smileys on 2go because that was where I normally chat with my first love *nods*. I played ‘smiley games’ most times and my heart will skip whenever I see the sad face smiley on 2go, gosh, that smiley looks so so sad and I always avoid using it unless I’m indeed sad. The ‘craziest’ smiley on 2go is the ‘devil’, it has a big grin on, a total mockery of the devil. The devil on BBM is just funny and looking very mischievous while the angel on BBM looks so holy that anyone who uses it is simply accused of blasphemy. The ‘cry’ smiley on BBM makes me laugh. Lol.. it can only represent a kid crying for a 6th bowl of ice-cream during the Christmas holiday.
Only cartoons or cartoon-men use smiley-like expressions when talking face to face with someone. For me, smileys represent the intonation of my voice, the intention of the swear word I’ll use on you and how I want you to interpret it.
“Yes, you are an idiot! *grin*” and “Yes, you are an idiot! *straight face*” doesn’t exactly mean the same thing. One is apparently a joke/sarcasm and the other simply means “you are an idiot, go to your room and think about it!”
Before I forget, whatsapp should work on their smileys, they look like imbeciles, apart from the happy faces sha *smiling*. Hey, enough already… See you later.