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The Newsstand The Quibbler June 2019 Discussion: Emojis



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Good 'morrow, Newsstanditors! As you may have deduced, we here at the Newsstand have been inspired by the May edition of The Quibbler, which can 🐝 found here. Last month, The Quibbler staff bravely explored the world of a particularly sneaky and stealthy beast... the emoji.

Now, why would those wonderful folk over at The Quibbler be talking about Emo Cheese? Well, it was all Zoe's wonderful idea, of course - one she came to regret while scrubbing 💩 off of the office walls. From Poland to Hawaii, Hogwarts to Eton, emojis are all the rage and, thus, ripe for exploration. You've heard how everyone at The Quibbler feels about emojis, but now it's your turn.

🗣️ 👥⬅ ❓️ ➡👤 💭 about emojis!


Discussion Questions to Consider:
- What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?
- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?
- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?
- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?
- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?
- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.


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I tend to only use emojis when someone else uses them first. I’m not that much of a fan but will use them if I fancy it. I have found that if I’m texting or even emailing another HEXian, I will use HEX emojis instead. I don’t really have a favourite; I just use whichever ones are appropriate to the situation.

I really do think that ‘text speak’ and emojis have the potential to have a negative influence on language. I don’t think it is yet but it is important that teachers and parents ensure that young people know the difference and are able to write full words and phrases when required. This means that they will have to know when it’s appropriate and when it isn’t.

I haven’t had to teach my parents about teaching or emojis, but there have been times when I have had to help them out with technology. My mum in particular seems to have gone emoji mad and constantly uses them. It makes me smile whenever she uses them because she’s always acted younger than her age and this is just another example of that. Fortunately, though, she doesn’t use ‘text speak’.

I once texted the wrong person; you soon learn if you make that mistake.

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- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?



I do occasionally use emojis. I like the ones that depict a face for emotions. I dislike the ones that seem to get too specific. We are not trying to create a new language, lol.


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- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?



I do. People are forgetting how to write and speaks correctly nd it is creating a generation of an inadequately educated populace. The written language and the spoken one are art forms and should be treated with respect.

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- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?



I have been known to teach a few things to the older generation, and in turn my students educated me on a lot of thins to. It is a give and take experience.

- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?

On Hex I actually typed Congrats to the winers instead of winners, lol.

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- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word



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- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?
I do use emojis, I would say an average amount. I didn’t use them at all when I was younger and ‘too cool’ for that, but they’re just so damn useful sometimes! My favourite would have to be the I think a lot of people enjoy this one because it’s sooo expressive. My least favourite for a while was because I was never sure if people were happy or annoyed with me.

- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?
Language is a fluid, evolving thing. It’s easy to get upset that the language you’ve come to master starts to change, but having studied linguistics I have learned to love the evolution of language. After all, English is so different now to the way it was 300 years ago, but nobody wishes we were still speaking that way. I love the development of internet language and text speak, it’s become a true expressive tool rather than just toneless words that cannot be inferred from.

- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?
Not really – however, I did always laugh when my mum would misuse or overuse emojis. I tend to type in full sentences whereas she would shorthand everything to textspeak. It made me question the way older people would complain about millennials and their technology.

- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?
Erm… nothing hex appropriate

- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.

😱 4⃣ 🎈 🎈 😘😘 🎁 🎂


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-What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favorite? I don't read articles from the newsstand very much so needless to say I don't have a favorite

- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favorite?
My favorite emojis are the different smiley faces cause each one fits your current mood. I never did like the object emojis much cause I never used them. My favorite emoji is the triple Z cause it let's someone know you're tired. I know know if I have a least favorite emoji I like them all.



- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why? Not really cause sometimes people don't like typing the whole word or sentences.


- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you? I taught my mom how to use emoji to express her feelings when she's typing. No younger person in my family helped me use emojis I figured it out myself.


- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us? Not really I don't hardly text much

- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word. I didn't know the newsstand was turning four years old this August. 🎂🎉🎊🎈🍰🎁
 

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I occasionally use emojis, but only on Hex. For the most part it is just the smile one. I like things clean and simple and hate when a post is full of them. I think people are using both emojis and texting far to much. The younger set needs to learn how to carry on a vocal conversation. I watched two young girls text each other while at the same table . They didn't even crack a smile. They held up their phones and pointed to the emojis they had just typed.
No, no one has ever taught me and I have not taught anyone. I don't have a cell phone. Neither do my friends. We prefer to actually talk to each other. Since I don't text I have never made typos or sent to the wrong person. (However I have made typos in posts on Hex)
I do think the use of texting is causing negative things to happen. People can't carry on a real conversation. I have seen it over and over again with families out in public. The parents try and talk to their kids only to met with silence or a phone held up to show what they(kids) wanted to say.
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Discussion Questions to Consider:
- What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?
- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?
- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?
- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?
- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?
- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.



Yes, I use emojis decently often. I'd say I like the smiley one (😊), but I'm not too much of a fan of the happy face one (😀). Maybe it's the eyes creep me out a bit. Dunno what it is about staring eyes, it's an irrational fear.
I think text speak and emojis are easily/frequently misunderstood, especially to people who aren't familiar with them. As long as they don't impede the reader's understanding and remain only to be used in casual language, they seem to be quite alright.
I've never had to teach my family members how to use texts, but my grandmum has occasionally asked me about her phone.
Other than my scarringly high typo rate, I don't have a lot of interesting stories about that. I'm glad I usually catch them, but sometimes I have to edit the post in order to fix up my errors.

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do use emojis! I have family members who will replace words with emojis, and I don't go THAT far. But I do use emojis occasionally to help demonstrate the tone of my text. For example, "no way" can mean so many things. The meaning is different if I have an exasperated emoji, or a laughing one, or an angry one.

According to my phone, my most used emoji is: 😂

As a teacher, I've definitely seen how chat/text speak has affected the writing abilities of young people. I've corrected many an assignment with "lol" or "idk" incorporated somewhere. But I wouldn't say it is ruining the language or anything. I think it is entirely possible to "switch on" text speak. For example, I occasionally use "lol" or "jk" or "idk" when gaming and don't have much time. Then I can turn around and write a perfectly acceptable paper for a class, or email for a co-worker. The ability to do both is important!

My grandparents have become quite the texters. My grandma writes primarily in emojis, while my grandpa still uses perfect grammar. Honestly, I think it is fantastic that they're using their smart phones as often as they do. Of course, whenever something happens to their phone or their wifi, I'm getting a panicked phone call.

Not a typo, but I did send "good morning baby boy" to my mentor, instead of my husband. 😟

Happy birthday, Newsstand!

😁❣️🥳🤩👍🍰🎁🎈🎉



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What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?

I would say that my favorite article from this issue was the "Recipe of the Month", the heart eyed sugar cookies. I would like to move out of the house one day, and back to England, so I am trying to learn how to cook more dishes than just pasta and I am also attempting to learn how to bake. I feel like you can tell a story through your baking, and you can really pour emotions that you are feeling into your work. Sometimes, you just need to relax and decompress from the stress of every day life and for most people, baking helps with that.

Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?

I do use emoji's, yes. Quite frequently, in fact. My favorite would probably have to be either the 😊 one, or the 😂 one. Sometimes I do get annoyed, but most of the time I am a positive person who is almost always either smiling or laughing. I don't particularly have a least favorite, at least not that I can remember.

Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?

I feel like, yes, "text speak" and emojis are having a negative impact on language. When I was younger, I would almost aways use abbreviations and emojis and text speak whenever I would post a status update on Facebook. Now that I have grown older, I feel like I have matured past that stage, and I rarely use text speak. I do still use emojis quite often, though, I feel like they can express my emotions better than words can in some situations. Nowadays, kids as young as 11 have iPhones and I feel like they will have a negative impact on them and will increasingly teach them to have a reliance on technology, instead of going out and drawing on the driveway with chalk or playing a game of basketball with school friends in the driveway.

In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?

I do have to teach my mother text speak all of the time, I find it quite amusing. I can't think of any off the top of my head at the moment, but she constantly tries to embarrass me in public by asking me, "Isn't my hair on fleek?". Every time she does that, I die a little more inside.

We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?

Oh, this one is quite painful. I work at a grocery store and there used to be a guy named Chris that worked there, two years older than me, and I fancied him so much. I do still have feelings for him, if I'm being honest. He left because he got another job, and that really sucked because I consider him my best friend. Every night, I would text my best Jos and we would gossip about Chris and about her now-boyfriend Taran and we would giggle over them. One day I texted her whilst Mum and I were getting lunch at one of the popular local deli's in town, explaining that I was happy because I got to see Chris that day at work. Well, as it turns out, I didn't text Jos, I texted my other best friend Ashley, who so happens to also work at the grocery store with us. I didn't realize until I had already sent it, and I thought that if I could delete it, that she would never know. The way that the text was phrased made it sound quite obvious that I fancied Chris. Luckily, she never let on that she possibly knew about my feelings for him. I wasn't exactly subtle about it most of the time 😂

Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.

😊😘😇😎😍✨🔥✌🙌🙏💪💖🐐🎉🎊💐🌻🍸🎂
 

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- What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?



I very much enjoyed this months edition of the Quibbler. My favorite article would have to be "You Didn't Hear it From us" Of course, I know hex has to stay PG 13 but I really didn't expect that ending. It really made me laugh.

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- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?



I use emojis on the occasion. I prefer to type out faces like : ) and similar things. Some like this 😒 and emojis that aren't faces do come in handy.

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- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?



I honestly think emojis are fun! My grandma likes to send them for almost everything, especially birthdays. I like to send faces to my friend and it's sort of turned into a thing to end our conversation with a "; )" and ": D". It gives people a chance to express themselves when they can't see each other in person. My brother and I even play a game where we try to guess a phrase made of emojis, similar to the game in this edition. Text speak is harmless, even though I personally don't text that way. It's just the shortening of phrases and we still write normally when writing something serious.

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- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?



I haven't had to teach anyone how to use emojis yet. My grandma as stated above is an avid user of emojis. I've had to teach her a lot about her phone but she discovered emojis on her own. My mom, on the other hand, never uses emojis so I've tried to get her to several times but I wouldn't necessarily call that teaching.

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- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?



I don't text with emojis that often and when I do, it's a conversation we've been having for a while. The only times I've texted the wrong person has been at the start of a text conversation so nothing emoji related has happened. My cousin likes to send my poop emojis though so I get messages like that at random times which can result in some pretty strange looks.

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- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.



😊😄🙋 4⃣ 🎂💝 🎁 🎈 📰 📖 ✏


 

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Quote:
- What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?
- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?
- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?
- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?
- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?
- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.



Unlike most people, I use emojis in every text message haha. In my opinion, they add more expression to the text message and make others understand the message better. Some of my friends even think that without emojis, a text message would mean that one is angry with another person. I partially agree on that haha. Other people wouldn't know how you're feeling when you don't add emijis to your messages.
My favourite emoji is 😂., whereas i don't really have a least favourite emoji. they're all so cute and colourful and pretty, who wouldn't love an emoji?
I think emojis have a negative impact on language because some people don't bother to type anymore and use emojis instead, and this might lower their language proficiency level in the long run. substituting words with emojis might not do any good to boosting your writing or spelling skills.
One time i accidentally sent a stupid photo of myself to my friends chat group. After hitting send, I immediately regretted and words could not express how embarassed I felt. Back then there was no delete option for whatsapp... my friends had a good laugh about this. 😒
Happy fourth birthday, Newstand!

😊🎂4⃣ 📰 🎂💝🎁 🎈

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I use emojis all the time! It's funny how sometime we can reply with just an emoji, no text, and still have our meaning come across without any problem XD
My favorite emoji is either the blushing emoji or the heart eye emoji, I honestly can't pick. I use them both more than all the others though, so those are my top two picks. My least favorite emoji might be the angry/sickly emojis, since I never use those. I try to stay positive in my texting, or funny sometimes, but anything that feels like a bad connotation I try to stay away from.

I can understand why some people think that emojis are having a negative impact on language, since it makes texting 'too easy' and maybe takes away from young people's ability to use their words and vocabulary. But personally I think that it also adds a new dimension to language, which is our ability to communicate through symbols of emotions.

Emojis are definitely for the younger generations, and I admit I myself am not using them to the full extent that my 13 year-old cousin does. But looking at how my mom texts, I still see her use plain text more often than texts containing an emoji. I did once have to explain a certain emoji to my grandma, which was pretty funny XD
 


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My favourite article from this issue was Muggle Mania. I think that not only did it caught my attention with colourful emoijs but the explanation about how we practically don’t even need to write out sentences with words in order to understand each other, but can use funny faces instead. I do use emojis everyday while texting with friends, but I use them to show my emotions along with my written reaction, explanation or opinion. I feel it’s almost necessary because misunderstandings are easy to come when you are not talking face to face and have to predict whether that person meant something as a joke or is angry. My favourite emoijs are brain explosion and laughing with tears and my least favourite is a ghost emoij because I don’t know where to use it and it reminds me of snapchat.

I don’t think that using emojis will have a terrible impact on basic grammar because as social human being we need grammar as pictures of faces will only do so much. I also think that this mania will be short lived and soon people will eventually get tired of using so much emoijs instead of words and will go back to using only words to make a point. We need changes and using emoijs seems just another little phase, but grammar is something important that we will never throw away completely.

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- What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?

My favorite article was the Dear Snape article. I always laugh at his responses to people’s questions.

- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?

I don’t really use emojis that much but if I had to pick a favorite one, I’d go with the smiley face. I don’t really have a least favorite.

- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?

I’m not sure they really have a negative impact on language at least not for most people. I suppose it depends on how you use them. If you use nothing but emojis it might but if you just use them occasionally, I think it just adds a little something to what you’re saying.

- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?

No, no one has ever had to teach me and I haven’t had to teach anyone. Texting really isn’t that difficult to figure out. Emojis on the other hand can be a problem at times. Everyone may not interpret the little picture in the same way. Yes, I know that there are certain standard meanings but sometimes times people add little pictures and trying to figure out what they are trying to say is not always easy because they don’t always stick to the standard meaning which can leave others frustrated.

- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?

No, if I get a strange message from someone, I don’t know I usually just ignore it.

- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.

😄 4⃣ 🎂 🎁 🎉 🎊 🎈 💝🎆 🌷
 

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- What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?
As always, I loved the Haiku because it’s just so accurate and well-done. I think You Didn’t Hear It From Us was my favorite though because of how cleverly thought-out it was.

- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?
I don’t use emojis terribly often while texting, usually just once in a while when I’m talking to my mom or my girlfriend. I like using the facepalm one in reaction to things and I like using 😬 if I’ve said something kind of silly or made a bad joke. I also really like the emojis on Skype. I don’t think that I have a least favorite, but there are a bunch that I just don't ever use.

- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?
I think that “text speak” is definitely having an impact on how we use language, but language and grammar are things that naturally evolve and change over time, so I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, especially when you’re talking to friends or family. I do think it’s important to be able to use formal language when necessary, but I don’t think that text speak or emojis are harmful.

- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?
My mom and I both got our first cell phones at the same time when I was starting high school, so I think we pretty much learned the basics together. I did have to help her out a bit with making a bitmoji, and now I think she uses it with her friends more than I do. I don’t think I had to teach my grandparents about texting or emojis, they actually seemed to figure out the basics on their own. My grandpa wouldn’t ever use an emoji, but my grandma does frequently.

- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?
I don’t have any good typo stories off the top of my head, but I have a funny emoji story. So my mom would always use that eye-rolling emoji in casual conversation with me, and I was always like wow she sure rolls her eyes at me a lot. So one day when she used it, I said “why are you rolling your eyes at me??” and she was confused and said that she wasn’t. I was like ummm then why are you using that emoji? And she said “omg THAT’s what that means? I use it when I’m feeling sheepish!” So now when my mom rolls her eyes at me over text, I know that she means it.

- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word
✨ 4⃣ 🎂 👑 ✨
 

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I use emojis all the time! I have a few favorites, or at least emojis that I use most often. I love the laughing and crying one, the shrugging woman, and the monkey ones that either cover their eyes, mouth, or ears.

I feel like language is constantly evolving. It always has, and should continue to do so. I do not think this is a negative impact, just a natural occurance that is unstoppable. That is how culture evolves. The other generation always looks down on the changes of the newer generations.

I constantly have to teach my mother and step mother how to use their phones. My mother recently discovered emojis and gifs and it is absolutely hilarious. My mother had a hard time trying to save contacts from a text conversation. That was an hour of instruction I can never get back. It’s hard not to get frustrated with them because of the amount of time that has to be spent to teach what I see as extremely simple. However, since it is how I communicate with most people, I need them both to be able to text. Heavens knows I do not want to have to call them every time I need to tell them something!

Happy Birthday Newsstand!
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Now I’m sorry to say, I think I use emojis more than I should. I don’t like it, but it’s become a force of habit for me, although I use the same maybe 10 emojis all the time, and just ignore the rest. Favorite emoji is this kissing heart for sure!

I think emojis can be detrimental to language, as they can be a barrier to communicating with some older generations who don’t really understand them, but in most cases, I don’t think they are too dangerous.

Like in dangerous Beasts, I tried to explain to an older family member about texting, but my grandmother is hopeless! She see’s a smiling emoji, and she doesn’t know what it means. All I can say to her is if it looks happy it is! I didn’t even get to the odd emojis like the poop! Needless to say, she still doesn’t text.

Funny texting stories… one time I texted my dad something (mostly appropriate) that was meant for a boyfriend… Enough said… Really I’m that person who is horrible at sending messages to the right person, or who thinks they sent something, get’s angry when they don’t get a response, and then it would turn out I’d never sent it.


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- What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?
The cooking articles are normally always my favorites and this month was not a let down. who doesn't love homemade cookies , especially with heart-eyes.

- Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?
I do use emojis, although I have no idea what all of the smiley faces are suppose to mean. The hearts are my favorite and I don't believe I have a least favorite, they are all cute in their own way.

- Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?
While I don't think 'text speak' is necessary a bad thing I do believe you need to be mindful of who you are corresponding with and that they are up on what the emojis do stand for, my husband doesn't have a clue sometimes, I find it cute and he just shakes his head.

- In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?
I am an older member that still asks my children what I am doing wrong if I come across a problem, thankfully both of them are very patient when explaining things to me. I in return can then help my husband...a never ending circle.

- We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?
I was texting with my sister in-law about another relative and somehow I accidentally included that person in out group chat...I was red faced, but they couldn't see that ! I was thankful it wasn't right before a family holiday.

- Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.
4⃣🎂🎈🎈🎈😄💙
 

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What was your favourite article from this issue? Why was it your favourite?
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As a cosplayer I couldn't help but enjoy the brief article on costumes. I've had my own array of strange mishaps and experiences, especially as I attend several large cosplay conventions a year!
Recently I had a small child come up to me in tears because I was their favourite character and they desperately wanted a hug. They gave me a small craft they made during a panel I ran and it's still a very sweet moment to me. It was definitely a 😍😊😵 moment y'know?


Do you use emojis? If so, which is your favourite? Your least favourite?
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A lot of the emoji's I use are custom to the chats I'm in on discord. That's something I really like about emoji's in general. They can be adapted and customized to fit your need. Talking online makes it difficult to get across emotional subtext, but emoji's help clarify what you're trying to say; or rather, how you're trying to say it. 😝 If I had to pick a favourite from Hex I'd use 😂 or 😥. I'm not a huge fan of 😁 though, it looks odd to me. 😕


Vince was aghast with the destruction of basic grammar in Muggle Mania. Do you feel that 'text speak' and emojis are having a negative impact on language? Why?
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I think it can have a negative impact on language if it's used all the time; but it's not really used all the time for most people. There's a time and place for everything and you wouldn't use text speak to write a formal letter to your employer, but you wouldn't write so formally when talking to a close friend either. Text speak and emoji's give text that "every day chatting" feel which is more appropriate in casual/informal settings. Not all speaking is poetry and not all writing has to be art. Sometimes communication can be casual and fun and simple. At the end of the day, it's up to you as an individual! 😊


In Dangerous Beasts, Misti informed us about texting and the trouble her mother has experienced LOL. Have you ever had to teach an older member of the family about texting or emojis? Perhaps you are the person with more candles on your birthday cake - did a younger member of the family teach you?
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It's less of a "teaching" experience that comes to mind, and more of a "miscommunication" experience. Have you ever noticed that the older generation often trail off when they type using ellipses? "That's good..." or "I guess I'll see you then..." If you're younger that probably makes you a little anxious to read doesn't it 😩 How we communicate has changed thanks to texting and emojis and it's made for some misunderstandings when texting across the age gap. Ellipses for the younger generation has come to mean someone is upset, dissatisfied, or disinterested. Seeing them in casual conversation is rarely a good thing. Where as my oma or ma will use ellipses in every text they send! It makes me feel like there's always something wrong when we're not speaking in person. Recently we talked and they explained they had the same issue with how I used exclamation marks and other punctuation 😝 They say I always come across as extremely hyper or angry, instead of enthused or happy like I intended! In the end I think there's a lot we can both learn from each other!


We've all made typos or texted the wrong person before. Do you have any funny texting or emoji tales that you'd like to share with us?
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I've done the accidental "😂" when someone tells me something sad before which is always awkward to explain, but there's one story that comes to mind that really takes the cake for me. Back in college I used to have several roommates, and whoever was home first would make dinner for everyone. It's just how we worked; we were all very close 😄 Well one time I made dinner and I knew my roommate wasn't coming home until very late. So I texted her to let her know that her plate was in the oven waiting for her.

It wasn't until the next morning that she informed me that I texted her "Hey, I left your slave in the oven for when you get home!" Well, they never let me live that one down 😧😩


Did you know that the Newsstand is turning four years old this coming August? We'd like you to compose a birthday message for the Newsstand comprised entirely of emojis! Each emoji will count as one (1) word.
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👀 😱😮😲😳😁
4⃣ 👆👴🙊😝
💌 🍀 🙋 🎊
🎂 👅 😋 😎✨
 

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All of the articles were absolutely delightful for me to read. I cannot choose a favourite coz they all are so wonderfully perfect. It is amazing to see all of the says you can shine light on emojis and the Quibbler does a very nice job of exhibiting these says through the articles that were written this past issue. I occasionally use emojis and I have the tendency to use the laughing face emoji the most out of all of them. My favourite emoji, however, I would have to say is the devil's face emoji. I mostly use this when I am pranking someone or have a cunning, but evil plan. My least favourite emoji is the saw face emoji because that means I feel something is sad and I much rather be happy and filled with sunshine. I do feel that 'text speak' and emojis have a negative effect on lanuage especially in our younger generations because people's ability to write and write properly is starting to go with the amount of time people try to find shortcuts to writing. Yes, I have taught an older member of the family how to text and use emojis and I feel like they still haven't learnt it coz they keep coming back to me for more help. I really don't have any funny texting or emoji stories to tell, it's my mum who keeps making all of the mistakes in EVERY text message she sends to me. I sometimes wonder of she does it on purpose. Unfortunately, I am on mobile version at the moment, so I am unable to access emojis to do a birthday message. Sorry!
 

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