Apparently there are at least three emoticons that, if you use any of them, you have to use all of them. The most common is the smile face 🙂 which makes sense to me, since there are lots of times I would smile if you saw me in real life. The next is sticking your tongue out 😛 which I do much less often in real life, but I’m certainly not above it. It makes sense by way of hyperbole. But would someone please explain what the winking face 😉 is supposed to mean? I have asked on different occasions, but usually it is buried in the comments of some post and either I forget to check back or no one comes back to my comments to answer. On multiple occasions now I have been corrected for using a smile when I should have used a wink.
Here’s the problem: the wink sort of creeps me out. Not only do I not really know what it means, but I can’t help but think of it as being flirtatious. Needless to say, the times when I have been told to use a wink, I was most definitely NOT flirting. So I’m at a loss. You emoticon-savvy people out there are going to have to teach me in the ways of emoticon etiquette. 🙂 😛