I never put noses in emoticons. What's the department's view on that?I'm glad you asked this question, Karen. All our standard emoticons are filmed in a studio with live actors, and as a consequence, if they didn't have a nose, they might find themselves in some difficulty. Allow me to demonstrate. Here is our live subject. Let's call him 'Clive':
As you can see, he is a normal, happy, healthy person. However, let's take his nose away and see what happens:
'Clive' immediately begins breathing through his mouth. Sometimes, deprived of their primary organ of respiration, the following happens:
As you can see, 'Clive' is now dead. And he was one of our best actors!
I've seen Abe LincolnWell now, I'm not sure if that's a question or not, but for the record, this is what an Emo emoticon looks like:
and I've seen Homer Simpson
but what I'd really like to see an emu emoticon (an emuticon?) and/or an Emo emoticon (although I'm not sure how you'd render the safety pin).
As a matter of fact, here at the DER, we have for some time been developing a parlour game that we call 'Emoticon Charades'. In this game, one of our emoticon actors strikes a pose, and we attempt to guess what mood/characteristic that actor is trying to represent.
Let's see some examples:
This is 'Person With Amputated Arm'.
This is 'Person With Two Amputated Arms'.
This is 'The Elephant Man'.
This is 'Fat Man With Double Chin Who Has Just Eaten a Big Mac'.
This is 'Fat Man With Quadruple Chins Trying To Flirt With You'
This is 'Person In the Manic Stage of Manic Depression'. (Also 'Stevie Wonder At a Concert')
This is 'David Niven in His Later, More Depressing Years'.
I will leave it up to readers to guess what this is:
I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had. Thanks to TimT for once again allowing me to post on his blog.