A reader wrote and mentioned, in passing, her wonderment at the excessive use of emoticons in Internet parlance today. She asked whether I had an opinion. I do. ;)
Little emotion cartoons are an uncomfortable fit in the High WASP world. We still wish for the days when raised eyebrows sufficed. That said, one might imagine an entire lexicon of High WASP emoticons. If one had to. All of which would indicate, in essence, “I am not sure I should be saying this.” We would never use an emoticon to emphasize, only to mitigate. High WASPs live life in the subjunctive, as Tad Friend pointed out in Cheerful Money.
Imagine the following in common use. If you will.
And now you understand why High WASPs are not in charge of the West’s emotional dialogue. Thank you. You’re welcome.
Mona Lisa color B&W. But you knew that.
Random Greek symbols
Heart behind bars
Pretty much add all those things up and my entire culture will sit at the bottom line.