These 14K Gold Smiley Necklaces are the height of gawky geeky fashion ferment, especially if you’re into making hip personal statements from your neckline. $275.00 buys you any one of a series of mood symbols that will endear you to all and sundry. Perhaps.
Purely textual communication–like email, txting, posting and IMing–could lead to even simple statements being easily misinterpreted. Thanks to emoticons, we can easily convey emotion or intent with common ASCII punctuation. While the smiley :-) is a fairly ubiquitous way to convey a pleasant mood or a statement with no malicious intent, many more moods and signifiers can be conveyed with the veritable language of emoticons using only one line of three or four characters.