What with half our conversations taking place by typing, it’s probably no surprise that emoticons, once an esoteric paralanguage specific to hackers and internerds, are now being used by everyone. Occasionally we even come across them in handwritten correspondence and then we make a face like this *_*

But it was our understanding that these little characters were meant to suggest a real human face, even if when we go :S our lips do not actually make an S curve. Guess what! Norton is holding an [Emoticon Photo Contest](