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  1. Hieroglyphics II, and by an offspring called Ronaldo!
    What will happen to the saying of ‘it’s all Greek to me’?
    Can imagine endless periodic editions of trashed paperback missalettes with the emoji key as the one dog-eared page.

  2. Forgive me for being technical, but please note that there is a difference between Emoji (from the Japanese “e” for “picture” and “moji” for “character”) and Emoticon (from the English “Emotion Icon”). The various pictographs above appear to be Emoticons, but this is perhaps a moot point given that there is significant overlap.
    My understanding is that in addition to “English” and “Japanese” versions, there is also a Korean version (i.e., South Korean, the North having only the cyber skills necessary to bring down Sony pictures – hmmm….) and a Chinese version. There are entire software industry standards devoted to this sort of thing.
    Nevertheless, I would be as appalled in seeing such icons on a Supervisory Panel Display at a Commercial Nuclear Power Plant or on a Reactor Plant Control Panel Display within a Nuclear Submarine as I would in a translation of the Liturgy of the Mass for young adults.
    But recently I received a paper to read on how the job skills and techniques of millennials are so different than (and advanced above) those of us older folk that we now have to change entire texts of technical material just to communicate with them. So frankly while this episode of the parody of Eye of the Tiber is quite humorous, there may be more than a bit of a prophetic element to Donald McClarey’s post. I therefore await with great trepidation the next revision of NUREG-0711, Human Factors Engineering Program Review Model, by the US NRC. Where the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission goes, surely the Vatican will follow. Or do I have that backwards given the Vatican’s 2000 year head start in bureaucratic nonsense?
    Did I just use an Emoticon or an Emoji ?

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