Saturday, July 9, 2016

How to Speak Emoji, by Fred Benenson

The first thing you need to know about Fred Benenson is that he is also the author of Emoji Dick.  The first emoji-only book in the Library of Congress, Emoji Dick retells Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick in emojis.  If that sounds like fun to you, you will enjoy Benenson's How to Speak Emoji.

Personally, I'm not all that entertained by the use of emojis.  I'm sure that's because I am a middle-aged fuddy-duddy.  A quick peek at my teenage sons' text messages would tell me that it's probably a generational thing.  They love them.  However, they don't use them as creatively and articulately as Benenson does.  The book is chock full of common phrases and sayings that one can use immediately.  It will also serve as inspiration for emoji-lovers to expand their repertoire.

Here are few selections:

Benenson's emoji phrases are certainly clever.  For most of them, I was happy that he had a translation handy.  I guess that's part of the fun; send these emojis to your friends, and see if they can figure out exactly what you're trying to say.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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