Thousands and thousand of years ago people used pictures to represent words and ideas. This is why Chinese is such a bastard to learn. There are literally hundreds of thousands of pictures. Ancient Egypt improved on the picture system, cutting down the number of symbioses to a mere two thousand. Egypt's neighbors were like, yeah this is cool! And we can function with even fewer symbols.
Then Egypt's neighbor's neighbors were like, "Yo, neighbors. We can get this down to twenty-six letters that can be combined to make words which can represent ideas and shit."
And that was the year the word was big news-- you know, as cool a concept as the Ipad. Speaking of the Ipad, around the time it was revealed and the smart phone became the thing, symbols started reappearing everywhere.
My account began to look like this
So all across the world, everybody was all aboard on the icon effect. The more icons the merrier. Sure, the same icon on one site didn't/doesn't exactly take you to the same content on another, but hey icon not find.
And so today's language is changing, not only in the traditional sense of adding new slang, new words (muggle anyone) but also with icons and emoticons. If you live abroad (ahem, South Korea) you might even find yourself wondering what do all these butt faces mean?
Scene: Me writing awesome post about x, y, z because co-worker was busy and I'm ahead on my work. Co-worker suddenly appears at my desk. I hit the minimize button.
Me: Blah, blah, blah."
Co-worker: Blah, blah, blah,.
Me: x-ray craft this, script that, PowerPoint the other thing.
Co-worker: x-ray craft this, script that, PowerPoint the other thing.
More blah, blah, blah then lunch. Then more blah, blah, blah. Finally maximize Weebly. Continue post. Look over what I read and realize I need to hyphenate a word. Click at the spot, hit the hyphen key and get taken out of the editor.
Weebly: You have to hit save dumass.
Me: One, I forgot you stopped auto saving drafts. Two, why isn't there a way to save my progress without exiting the post? I hate the way save closes everything out, then I have to go back into my drafts folder and open it up again.
Weebly: You shouldn't write your posts in Weebly. You should write it in Word... oh, wait there are copy and paste issues with Word. Make friend with Notepad.
Me: (Hangs head in shame.) I've had five or six good posts deleted. Maybe more.
Weebly: Then you should know better by now.
Me: (Sighs and thinks of the wonderful 1500 blog post just eaten by Weebly idiosyncrasies.) Yes, sir. I will remember.
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018