Sunday 20 August 2017

Katie Byrne: Between the lines... are emojis killing our language?

Does an emoji paint a thousand words or are they killing our language?

Features writer Katie Byrne
Features writer Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne

I received a rather ominous text message the other day. It was just one sentence long and, save for perfect punctuation, empty of all other embellishment.

There were no exclamation marks or kisses, no emoji fist-bumps or peace-signs. "Can you bring some milk home, please?" it read in suspiciously plain English. Obviously I feared the worst.

Why would someone send a message without sealing it with a kiss or stamping it with a purple heart emoji?

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