Emoticons and Symbols of the 21st century!

The average person’s resort to smileys and rudimentary symbols on social media is an apparent indication of our sliding back into the dark ages of language….however at closer examination, these symbols are not as ‘simplistic’ as they appear.

Making Faces

Gbege ooo...translates to saying..Trouble has landed

Emoticon is described as a graphical representation, either in the form of an image or made up of text characters of a particular emotion of the writer.
While Smiley is a simplified representation of a smiling face or a sequence of keyboard characters used to represent a person’s mood or emotion, especially 🙂 or 🙂 or other smiling depiction.
Translates to mean we will talk later

Culled from The Medieval Times, They explained thus:
Methods of communication during the medieval period were very limited. Without the use of television, telephone, radio, Internet or the postal service, correspondence took place in the form of letters delivered by private messenger. Letters were written on parchment (pieces of dried animal skin) with the use of ink and quill pen.
Means exclaiming out..like Damn!!

Books were very expensive in the Middle Ages, as each was written and illustrated by hand. A book consisted of a series of bound parchment leaves. Before the invention of the printing press, it took a team of scribes, illuminators and bookbinders a very long time to make a single book.
He does look scary, like he's vexing or angry..Lol

Book illumination was a very important art form during this time period, but faded in the 16th century with the invention of the printing press. Books were written primarily for the literate classes and the people wealthy enough to afford them: the nobility, merchant upper class and the church. The Book of Kells is a famous example of an illuminated manuscript that has survived to this day.
I never expected it....

There are too many varieties of calligraphic and illumination styles to list. The reason for this is that calligraphy varies with each culture and with the time period in which it was used.
Means....well that's your issue..or that's your own you are saying..

All eyez on you

Means Electricity has come on

The following are the characteristics of different types of calligraphy that students can incorporate in their own work:
• In medieval times, to use special or grand letters in a document suggested power and authority. 
• Irish letters were the first medieval style. Their rounded shapes influenced later styles of calligraphy.
• Modern handwriting is based on the italic style of writing. Italic was designed to be written quickly.

Illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages portrayed the meaning of the written words through illustration. Artists used shape, color and design to define the meaning behind the text. Usually the artists changed plant, animal and human images into abstract forms. Illuminated manuscripts are important to the history of art, but also to the history of books themselves. Books today are a direct descendent of illuminated manuscripts.
Means Get out of here!

Late medieval clothing carried layers of meaning, and can be considered a potent means of communication – this is to an extent true also of the modern world, with black for funerals or badges and wrist bands to support causes.
Means you have made so much money.

Emoticons are available for all brands today

Emojis ....Smileys

Am all for Emoticons

Is it safe to say that symbols, emojis and emoticons have taken over our forms of communication today??

Read more Lovelies:
A brief History of how people communicated during the dark ages.
The Middle Ages, a Forest Filled with Symbols.
Languages in Medieval England.
The dark Ages Timeline.

Cheerio Lovelies
Each new idea begins with an impulse, at times technical, sometimes material, often visual ~ Charles O. Job.

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  1. Wonderful write up. Yes I would say it has taken over forms of communication. As I love using them a lot, especially when I lack words to express how I feel at that moment. Keep it up Sis…

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    1. Thanks dear. I also love them a lot o especially those Facebook ones…it captures my feelings the way I want and gives the message an effect on the reader in exactly the way you want it too.


  2. Very informative post Mary! If we’re going to write, we may as well know how it developed! Thank you for your patiace here with the emoticons… Looks like you’ve covered just about every mood possible!

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