Wink wink, nudge nudge ; - )

wink emoticon.jpgOMG!!!!???!?!?!?!?!?????!!!!!!???!!?! WTF?!?!?!??!????!!!!!?!??!?!?!???Does it annoy you when people over-punctuate in emails? Does it really, really annoy you? Does it make you wish that each of those superfluous exclamation marks could in fact be peeled from the screen, rolled at the tip between your forefinger and thumb into a sharp point and forcibly inserted into a 10 cm high voodoo doll of the person who sent you the email?If so, then we need not even speak of the vile scar upon the state of the punctuation of the western world that is the wink emoticon.Yes, this oh-so-kooky combination of semi-colon, dash and parenthesis screaming “I’m such a cheeky chappy I’m practically Robbie Williams!”, is, with regret, the subject of today's blog. For a Russian entrepreneur has now copyrighted the wink emoticon.Yes that’s right, copyrighted ; - ).Oleg Teterin, the entrepreneur in question, is president of mobile ad company Superfone. He reportedly assured the public that he has put the trademark in place only to prevent large corporations from using ; - ), but even this seems strange. Either the Russian trademark office has gone completely bonkers, or (possibly more likely) they are taking a cut of any proceeds Teterin makes from breach of copyright pay-outs.Either way, the initial shock of the news has diffused into a gentle glow of joy within me. Either this is a piece of entrepreneurial genius, allowing Teterin to make millions from breach of copyright and discovering an inspired new market set to change the way we use language, or, and this is what I really hope for, the entire matter will be exposed for the sheer insanity that it is and use of the wink emoticon will become fully illegal in every country across the globe.

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