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January 18, 2017
My brother explained emoji to me.

Prior to this explanation, I had been calling them "emoticons" like an elderly rube, and I was just using one at a time to punctuate a sentence.

He taught me how to use the search feature, and how to do a free association with pictures to convey an emotion, a mood, or even a complex thought.

He showed me some examples from his own correspondence. I like how sometimes you have to look at the pictures in context and tease out the meaning, like struggling through a language you didn't realize you could read.