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Translator guides emoji users through pitfalls.

Byline: Lynn McPherson

An emoji guide is being written to stop texters mistakenly causing offence when they use the icons.

Kevin Broni is analysing what emojis mean around the world.

The wave is viewed as dismissive in China, while the "A-OK" emoji is offensive in Latin America.

Users of different phones should also take care.

Kevin explained: "On most devices the eye-rolling emoji is dismissive, indicating frustration, irritation or disdain.

"But on Samsung devices it's expectant, showing you're waiting for someone to say something and encouraging them."

The translator added that despite the pitfalls, the icons' potential to improve communications is greater than the risk of offence.

He said: "The key thing is that emojis act as the non-verbal element of a conversation, replacing what intonation would add in a spoken conversation. They provide emotional context."

Kevin added that it's good to experiment with less frequently used emojis, which he claimed are "received as more joyous, fun and engaging".


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 13, 2017
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