Ask the grumpies: emojis vs. emoticons

Leah asks:

what is your stance on emoticons, and are there ones you favor? What about emojis? I prefer emoticons, for the record, but maybe it’s because I like to kick it old school.

#1:  Gchat used to have these super cool emoticons that would move and turn around after you made them.  So the less than 3 would rotate and fill into a pink heart.  The winky face would wink at you.  And so on. (Especially the secret hidden ones like the monkey and rock on and stuff.)  Those were the best.

#2: Emojis are silly and sometimes fun. I use them sometimes for ridiculousness. I prefer emoticons like you, as I am what you might call ancient school.

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10 Responses to “Ask the grumpies: emojis vs. emoticons”

  1. Comradde PhysioProffe Says:

    Raise your hand if you used to do CALKULASHUNZ on your red led calculator display to make it say swear words. WHO’S OLD SCHOOL NOW? HUH!? 😹😹😹

  2. rose Says:

    ummmm old school really ~~~ slide rule………..

    • Comradde PhysioProffe Says:

      Loltruth!

    • gasstationwithoutpumps Says:

      Yeah. I learned on slide rule and trig tables—getting a scientific calculator as a graduation present from college was a big deal! It was the HP-45, so not the first model, but still very expensive: “It was introduced in 1973 with an MSRP of $395 (equivalent to $2,178 in 2017).” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP-45]

      I use neither emoticons nor emoji—words and standard punctuation are enough for me.

  3. yetanotherpfblog Says:

    Shrug emoticon, everything else emoji.

  4. nicoleandmaggie Says:


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