Killing Me Softly with a Smiley

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Killing Me Softly with a Smiley

Illustration: Shivali Devalkar


nce upon a time, we lived in a world where we didn’t end messages or emails with an emoticon. #truestory

There were words, punctuations, and the occasional onomatopoeic “hahahas”. Then came the smiley. A colon and a round bracket, with sometimes a hyphen in between to denote a nose. We used it to convey happiness, joy and love, even sadness, and then discovered that it has the magical power to change the tone of a conversation completely.