1. Grzegorz

    It’s interesting to see how these signs continue to permeate into the language to describe the simple concepts we use everyday. We are literally moving back to the ancient times, like the old Egyptian hieroglyphs. I’m not saying we are devolving or anything, but there was a time we – as a civilization – considered pure text as a step forward, now it seems that a hybrid solution is taking over. Every time we implement a chat functionality on a website or in an app, we include emoticons or the like, no one really questions that anymore, it is a standard these days. For better or for worse. I’m mentioning this out of curiosity as a former linguist.


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    • PDigitalFox

      Grzegorz, I totally agree with the old Egyptian analogy.
      I think one of the reasons is that it is simpler and easier for people to send an emoji than to reply in a sentence.
      In any case, I wonder where these will develop. For example, after 10 years we will use these or the next generation will have its own set of emojis? Its remains to be seen.


      • Grzegorz

        The question remains whether this will not simplify our language to an unhealthy degree. I think if we continue to replace the written word with signs, at some point many of the younger generation may have problems with communication – writing and learning foreign languages in particular. Signs will make people lazy. Mind you, these symbols are not similar to the ones in Asian languages, which have had their system for generations together with specific rules on how to arrange signs. These are internet-era gimmicks with no rules to follow, you insert them wherever you wish regardless of grammar, often butchering the style and flow of text. That said, I can’t help but use them myself ;)


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