Yesterday, WeChat quietly made a major update, and the circle of friends was boiling.
An important feature is added to the new version of WeChat, which is to support the circle of friends with emoticons.
This makes children who love emoticons excited. For a while, the circle of friends was rising and the situation was fierce. Almost every friend circle appeared in the emoji package. Brother Kan also made a lot of emoticons.
Today, Brother Kan will take this hotspot in English that is related to “Emoticon Pack”.
First of all, why is the “emoji” popular?
The normal face -to -face communication of humans is comprehensively passed through language, expressions, and action. In the online text chat scene, expressions and movements are castrated, and some subtle emotions cannot be expressed only through text.
For example, during the cold field, it is not appropriate to say anything. At this time, an emoticon package can activate the atmosphere, and it is just right as a buffer in interpersonal.
The English of “Emoticon” is called meme (/mi: m/). Don’t read “me me”.
Before talking about Meme, we first distinguish a concept -EMOJI.
EMOJI is Japanese “i”, E represents “Piction”, and Moji represents “Character”. So emoji represents a “picture text”, such as these:
The meme (emoji) can be said to be an upgraded version of EMOJI, which uses pictures, animation, and text to pass information.
For example, the classic black and white panda or mushroom head of my country on the Internet:
The Oxford Dictionary gives two layers of Meme:
1. An idea that is passed from one member of social to any
[Translation] The concept of transmitting between members of society is performed through imitation rather than inheritance.
2. An Image, A Video, a Piece of Text, ETC. That is Passed Very Quickly from One Internet User to Another, OFTEN With Slight CHANGES the MAKE It Humorous
[Translation] Passing very fast pictures, videos, or paragraphs between netizens is usually more funny.
The first layer of Meme is very difficult to understand, because there is no concept of targeting in Chinese.
The word is actually the first proposal for British scientist Richard Dawkins (Richard Doukins) in The Selfish Genes.
The essence of Meme is a “transmission of culture”, similar to gene transmission, but it is not gene. In order to let the pronunciation of the new word close to GENE (gene), Doukins chose Greek MIMEME (imitation), removed the header MI, and got meme.
In fact, Meme refers to “the thoughts, behaviors or styles spread between people in the same cultural atmosphere”, there is really no concept of targeting in China. I understand it as a “cultural gene”, such as “handshake” to indicate that friendly action is a kind of meme.
The meme on the Internet should be Internet Meme strictly. It is also referred to as Meme for short, referring to “pictures or moving pictures with communication like a virus”. This concept is the “emoji package” we often say.
Meme can be static (JPG format) or dynamic (GIF format).
Seeing this, someone may ask, what is Sticker, and what is the difference from Meme?
It’s very simple, Meme is a “emoji”, and Sticker refers to “stickers”.
The reason why Meme is circulating on the Internet is because it has a lot of information, which will resonate with people.
But Sticker has no substantial content, it is a static or dynamic picture, which is the visual auxiliary tool we add when we chat, make hands, and make videos.
Similar to these:
The official URL of the WeChat expression open platform is: sticker.weixin.qq.com, which uses the word Sticker in it. It can be seen that the essence of “expression” is “sticker”, not “meme”.
There is also the following pattern, which is easy to mix with meme packages:
The combination of these characters or letters above is called Emoticon (emotion+icon), and it is turned into Chinese called “emoji”. With the more vivid emoji and emoticons, the relatively monotonous emoticon uses less. It’s right.
emoji: painting words
Meme: Emoticon Package
emoticon: emoji symbol
In fact, they can all be called “expressions.” “Emoticons” is an indispensable element when netizens express themselves. With them, the Internet content is more exciting and charming.
However, some conspiracy theorists say that emoticons are a big conspiracy:
The earliest human beings used image recording incidents. With the development of human civilization and the emergence of words, it has greatly facilitated communication and cultural heritage. However, the expression packs do the opposite, constantly weakening the level of human text expression, and will eventually lead to a regression of human civilization!
In any case, I think the emoji is still very happy, even a more advanced expression than text.
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(Source: WeChat public account “Kang English” editor: yaning)
Source: WeChat public account “Kan English”