I have mixed feelings about emoticons. It's a fascinating move from written language back to hieroglyphics and pictographs. On the other hand, do we really need smiley faces to show our intent? Maybe so. I kind of like using punctuation marks creatively.
Ikea claims that its emoticons help in building relationships, light-heartedly recommending that couples employ them to help communicate. The main reason to watch this video, though, is to hear the right way of pronouncing "Ikea." You've been saying it wrong all this time.
Finally, in honor of Abe Lincoln's birthday: did you know that he may be the father of the emoticon?
See it? There is a wink right after "applause and laughter" on line 6. Seriously! You can read more about this controversial little tidbit right here.
Hey... I just learned how to do "Abe Lincoln."