Standardization for emoticon direction, discuss

EvanKeel
EvanKeel Posts: 1,904 Member
I don't know that this is really a debate, but every time I see (: instead of :) I get thrown for a loop for a split second. Apparently cultural variation is not limited to phoneme and morpheme choices.

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  • auroranflash
    auroranflash Posts: 3,569 Member
    :b
  • fbmandy55
    fbmandy55 Posts: 5,262 Member
    I have never seen one backwards :)
  • mommared53
    mommared53 Posts: 9,543 Member
    Maybe (: is for left handed people and :) is for right handed people. Guess which one I am. :):laugh:
  • macpatti
    macpatti Posts: 4,280 Member
    My response was going to be that's how left handed people draw it.
  • EvanKeel
    EvanKeel Posts: 1,904 Member
    But does anyone use emoticons outside of typed speech? Like would anyone actually ever write one out? I would think left-handed people would write in the same direction as right-handed people do because we both read and understand language when read from left to right (at least for English).
  • auroranflash
    auroranflash Posts: 3,569 Member
    I write them on my post-it notes at times, but I deal with paperwork all day and it's just about the only joy I get.

    Maybe (: people are from Japan.
  • k8blujay2
    k8blujay2 Posts: 4,941 Member
    Maybe (: is for left handed people and :) is for right handed people. Guess which one I am. :):laugh:

    Nope... because I'm left handed and I type my emoticons like this :-p
  • k8blujay2
    k8blujay2 Posts: 4,941 Member
    I write them on my post-it notes at times, but I deal with paperwork all day and it's just about the only joy I get.

    Maybe (: people are from Japan.

    Nah... if it were a Japanese person then they most likely would type them more elaborately... o.0
  • k8blujay2
    k8blujay2 Posts: 4,941 Member
    Honestly, I think it has to do with how we write culturally... I get thrown for a loop when they are "backwards" too..
  • macpatti
    macpatti Posts: 4,280 Member
    I asked my husband, who is a lefty, how he would type a smiley. His initial reply was, "I never would", but I told him I was conducting an experiment. His ended up looking like this

    (:
  • KimmyEB
    KimmyEB Posts: 1,208 Member
    I'm left-handed, and I write them like this: :)

    I hate seeing them like this: (:

    Probably because the few people I personally know that do type them like that are pretentious *kitten*.