Thursday, August 24, 2006
kaomoji: japanese emoticons
This led me to scour the web in search of an emoti-lexicon:
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I'm sure you can churn up many more thru your own searches. Some of my favorites are:
what the?: (ò_ô)
fishing: (*^_^;)_o/━━━━━━>ﾟ)))≫彡 ~ ~ ~
pinch: （ ｀´）===C<*_+ )ギュー
As you can see, they get rather complicated, blending in characters from multiple orthographies with symbolic representations of avatars. What I'm left to wonder is with so many complex emoticons, how often do they lead to miscommunications? Are there SMS dialects within the Japanese SMS/CMC community? Or do I just have my head too deeply into English?
i wikipedia'd kaomoji and some of those things have to be in-group specific to some extent - the same goes for 'western' emoticons, too, of course - though i wouldn't go so far as throw in dialect boundaries over them (though maybe? all i know about the thumb tribe is what i got from rheingold's _smart mobs_). nice flickr link, by the way. american phones don't have any of those emoticon lists standard, do they? do sidekicks or other txt-specific devices have anything similar?
Rheinhold's book is a fun read :) er... ^_^ or even ^o^
i'll have a look at the wikipedia entry... dunno why I didn't think of that... it's as if I have to remind myself of its existence every few weeks...