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Rfv-sense: (Internet) Represents two eyes vertically aligned, in order to form emoticons.
We do not usually have such "part of" definitions. It'd need cites that show : used on its own to represent two eyes, without being part of a smiley. -- Liliana • 20:17, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
- We have letters, Hangul components such as ㄱ and Chinese character components such as 扌. Why not emoticon components? --BenjaminBarrett12 (talk) 00:53, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
- Keep per BenjaminBarrett12. It's obviously used in forming a range of different emoticons: :-) :-P :-( :-/ :-D etc. (as well as versions without hyphens, and versions written right-to-left). Other marks are sometimes used for eyes as well, as in ;-) and 8-) , and of course other sets of emoticons have completely different conventions, as in ^_^ and -_- and so on, but in the type of emoticon that predominates in the anglophone world, a colon is the "unmarked" representation. Emoticons are not part of language — they're more like paralanguage — but we allow entries for them, so it makes sense to include some of the analogues-of-morphemes that compose them. —RuakhTALK 01:48, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
- Observation: slashes, brackets, colons, and many other characters are used in ASCII art as straight lines, curved lines, speckles, and so on. Equinox ◑ 01:51, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
- I think the key difference is Iconicity. Colon-for-eyes is obviously not fully conventionalized/arbitrary/iconic, but it's partly so. Compare the following:
- Oops! My glasses must have thought it was Sunday. BP
- Oops! My glasses must have thought it was Sunday. :P
- Which emoticon do you find more decipherable? B is sometimes used for eyes, and it makes sense for someone wearing glasses, but : is the arbitrary conventional icon.
- But, y'know what? This has really turned into an RFD discussion. Actually, for that matter, it really started as an RFD discussion: the existing sense, after all, is specifically for the use of colon-for-eyes as part of an emoticon, so it doesn't make sense to RFV it for evidence that it's used not as part of emoticon.
- So: move to RFD.
- —RuakhTALK 13:47, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
moved to RFD -- Liliana • 19:09, 23 April 2012 (UTC)