Bloganuary the Twelfth

Welcome back to Bloganuary, the daily encouragement from WordPress for bloggers to post something each day. If you want to participate in Bloganuary, just click here! Today’s prompt asks the question: What emoji(s) do you like to use?

It really isn’t often that I utilize emojis when texting. Because I’m the kind of texter who likes to make complete sentences. I don’t use any kind of texting shorthand or abbreviations, save for the rare “LOL.” I cringe even admitting to using that.

But I’m also an incredibly sarcastic individual, so there needs to be some way to denote that tone in a text message. Since we are obviously nowhere close to developing a sarcasm font or a special punctuation mark indicating sarcasm, I go with an emoji. Typically, I will go with the laughing face with a tear coming out of each eye (which I would also rather use than typing out LOL) or I use the smiling face with a big, cheesy grin.

Other than those two, I have no problem throwing out a thumbs up emoji from time to time, when the occasion calls for it. Those occasions are generally limited to the times when I feel like the person texting me requires some sort of confirmation that I’ve seen what they sent. And since I’m a firm believer that just sending “Okay,” or worse, “K,” are a waste of time and energy, I prefer the thumbs up.

I know there are others I’ve used in the time since emojis first became a thing. I know I’ve used the poop emoji to comedic effect. And since I’m on my mom and stepdad’s cell phone plan, I transfer money to her for my share of the bill each month, using the iPhone emoji in the memo, rather than typing out “phone bill.”

I’ve never gained a firm grasp on the secret language that some people seem to have with emojis. I mean, I’m fully aware of what certain fruits and vegetables are meant to represent… though I’m not sure the original emoji designers meant for those items to be used in that manner (although why on earth would someone need an eggplant emoji for any reason other than what it’s typically used for?). But if someone were to send me a string of emojis like they switched their font to wingdings, I might just assume they’re having a stroke.

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