Grinning face with smiling eyes: friendly or threatening?

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    The Washington Post reports that the "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji symbol has a very different look across platforms. While Google, Samsung, and Microsoft interpret it as a happy face with teeth, Apple and Twitter gave it a less friendly, which you might interpret as bared teeth or a grimace.

    I have a feeling that confusion over this little face will likely lead to World War III, as world leaders misinterpret their short messages to each other. Or will peace prevail despite the problem?

    How it looks in your web browser:
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    Hmm... I always thought it was meant as a funny emoji.
    Not of hard laughter, but following a simple joke... almost apologising for the simplicity of the made joke...
     
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    I always use it as a grin myself... a non-threatening grin :)
     
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    27% of the people in their survey had a similar positive interpretation, while 70% found it to be negative.
     
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    They must be surveying the folks that always demand political correctness, take offense at everything and see racism, sexism and discrimination everywhere and in everything

    Average folk apparently rarely get surveyed
     
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    Interesting!
    Indeed.... like you said, this could end up to WW3. Humans usually end up being at war with other humans they don't fully understand.

    Kim Jong-un's Samsung to Obama's iPhone:
    "We have nucleair missiles which can reach your front lawn @ the White House. [​IMG]"​

    Joke or threat?
     
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    I find your sentence to be offensive, racist, sexist, and discriminatory! :grin with smile:

    They said they did an online survey, so they probably don't know anything about the people who took the survey. All we know is that they have Internet access and aren't blind.
     
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    Ah, people living in their parent's basement... 'splains a lot
    Either that or Kansas City Royals fans stuffing the ballot to throw off the results
     
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    This is what it says in the paper:

    http://grouplens.org/site-content/uploads/Emoji_Interpretation.pdf

    Of course the results are what they are. I always get asked by my parents what the majority of emojis mean.
     
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    It looks to be grinning to me but I definitely can see why its interpreted the other way. There's not much of a smile going on , just showing the teeth. I think the "^" for the eyes push it to the smile category for me. If it was just round eyes, I'd probably think its a grimace.
     
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    I'm sort of listening to you and I might even grunt a response, but really, I have to go real bad.:oops:
     
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    Neat emoji.
     
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    It's easier to discuss with a comparison image... The Apple guy looks pretty peeved. The collection here looks like the day 1970-gate broke...



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    All those other platform emojis are better if the 'grimace' is meant to be a positive symbol. The lack of upturned corners on the mouth makes me think the Apple version is a forced or fake smile. The Apple emoji will likely kill you in your sleep.
     
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    IMHO, the Apple emoji looks friendly because of the eyes. That Microsoft Emoji is bad-mojo :confused:

    I bet that's the deal with this...
    What seems more important to you:
    - the grin or the eyes?
     
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    hehe @ bald head... (that gives me something to shoot for)
     

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