Pictographs are pictures which resemble what they signify, and were the basis of ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, and Chinese written language. Pictographs are still in use as the main medium of written communication in some non-literate cultures in Africa, The Americas, and Oceania, and we see them today in traffic signs all around us and our cute little dancing emotions offered in various online communications.
No matter how sophisticated our language becomes, there will always be a place for the pictograph. Their raw symbolism gets straight to the point and saves a lot of words, which is why we use them today. Who has time to write a sentence when you can click one button and have a dancing square of yellow say it for you? Besides, it’s fun.
These are all the little fellows from the gmail options.
I love this one and use him often. Does that mean I’m confused a lot? To me this little guy means that everything is just so mad that my eyes are rolling around like crazy. When things get busy, I get funnier because everything just seems so absurd.
I’ve never used this guy and wonder when you would. Have you ever used him?
I like this one and use him a lot.
I use this one occasionally too It’s my poker face and usually means there’s a joke underneath if you look for it.
There’s a kiss on my phone and I use that heaps, especially when texting my daughter.
What are your favourite pictographs?
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I love that they have an interobang! I can imagine using the crab one to say ‘make it snappy’
Tahlia Newland says
Make it snappy? Yeah, that would work. The punch didn’t come out, but it sounds like a good one.