I’m a little bit sarcastic. And I joke around a lot. Big hairy surprise, right? Right. So it’s a good thing the Smiley Guy has become a universal symbol in written communication for making it okay to say what you just said, no matter how obnoxious, wrong, sarcastic, silly, insulting, naughty or ridiculous it was.
You know the Smiley Guy. He is the yellow smiling face emoticon that is in most IM and email programs. If I had a clue how to put one in here, I would. Smiley Guy is also represented by various combinations of punctuation marks depending on if you want him blinking or with smelling capabilities. Here he is in the most standard form:
If somebody wants a cheeky or racy emphasis, they may choose a winker with a nose:
I try to avoid using Smiley Guy in any format, just as I try not to spew out a lot of the LOL, LMAO, etc. To compensate, I’ll sometimes use “ha” or if I was really obnoxious, I’d put a little Beavis & Butthead into it with a “heh.” When I do use Smiley Guy, it tends to be a genuine symbol of my happiness, rather than my bailout for whatever I just wrote.
But I’ve done it. We’ve all done it. We all have written something and added some derivative of the Smiley Guy as our way to say ‘whatever I just wrote may be 100% true and exactly what I’m thinking but I don’t want to offend you, at least in front of your stupid face, so this Smiley Guy here is making it perfectly clear that I was only kidding as far as you know and that I’d never really say anything like this, out loud or in mixed company, again as far as you know, so now my ass is covered and I have a free pass to say whatever the fuck I want.’
Wouldn’t it be cool if we could apply this concept to real live conversation? We could carry a Smiley Guy around on a stick and hold him up whenever we say something inappropriate and all would be well. Just imagine the possibilities!!!
“Good morning. Wow, you look fat in those pants.” *hold up Smiley Guy*
“If I have to listen to one more minute of your drivel I’m going to puke.” *hold up Smiley Guy*
“Hey Cousin, if you go to Sam’s I think you can get a better deal on bulk sour cream than I’m getting buying one carton every other day from the grocery store for your fat ass.” *hold up Smiley Guy*
“You are so hot and I can’t stop staring at your boobs.” *hold up Smiley Guy*
“You fucking idiot!” *hold up Smiley Guy*
“It’s not you. It’s me.” *hold up Smiley Guy*
And then if this goes on long enough, I think you can save valuable time and energy simply by holding up the Smiley Guy anytime you see some jackass without even having to say a word. The Smiley Guy says it all.
Thanks for reading. ;-)