Rachel: Guess what, guess what, guess what!
Chandler: Um, OK. The fifth dentist caved and now they're all recommending Trident?
Ross: It would be so cool to live across from you guys.
Joey: Hey, yeah. Then we could do that telephone thing. Y'know, you have a can, we have a can and it's connected by a string.
Chandler: Or we can do the *actual* telephone thing.
Ross: I don't know what I'm gonna do. What am I gonna do? I mean, this, this is like a complete nightmare.
Chandler: Oh, I know, this must be so hard. "Oh no, two women love me. They're both gorgeous and sexy. My wallet's too small for my fifties AND MY DIAMOND SHOES ARE TOO TIGHT."
Audiences around the world could not get enough of Chandler Bing’s humorous sarcasm. I mean, could it have been anymore funny?
But, even Chandler Bing ran into trouble with his sarcasm. Remember the episode when people at his work were so used to his sarcasm that when he was being serious they assumed he was joking?
Sarcastic folk do run the risk of being misunderstood- especially when trying to convey sarcasm via the written word. At least, when you’re sarcastic in person, your facial expression can help convey that you’re kidding, or you are there to explain that you were just joking. When it’s written, the words are out there on their own, vulnerable to any interpretation.
So, for example, imagine I received an email from a colleague that said, “Could that holiday party have been anymore awesome?”
I wouldn’t know if he really enjoyed the party or if he was being sarcastic.
Well, today, we have something that Chandler didn’t have at his disposable back in 1995: the emoticon.
So, if my colleague really had a good time, perhaps he would have included a , and if he were being sarcastic, he may have ended with a .
Personally, I feel the same way about emoticons as I feel about fanny packs. I get it; they’re convenient and helpful, but I am not a fan.
Why? Probably the same reason I would rather lug around a handbag than strap on a fanny pack. It looks sleeker. I’d rather the writer provide a follow up sentence to clarify his or her intention than a cartoony face. For example,
“Could that holiday party have been anymore awesome? Can’t wait till next year.”
“Could that holiday party have been anymore awesome? I can already tell that next year I am going to have the stomach flu on that date.”
But, that’s just me. If you want your writing to look like a first grader’s, that’s cool.
What are your feelings about emoticons?
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Dedicated to Walks like an Egyptian and Talli Roland