Cheers! How often have you sent this emoticon as a way to let people know you want to celebrate? I know I have done it fairly often, I guess I have a lot to celebrate! When Maria, my wife and business partner, suggested using this emoticon for a Thirsty Thursday beer painting, I jumped on it. Emoticons were originally invented in Japan and are known there as Kaomoji. The literal translation is, Kao for face and Moji for character. They have been around for three decades, dating back to 1986. Known in the U.S. as emojis, or emoticons, these picture words originated as drawings made with text =) The clinking beer glasses is probably the best emoticon, because it shares so much feeling, much more than simply typing, “Cheers!” A picture speaks a thousand words.
Cheers to toasting over the Internet, even if the beer is only virtual. What a great form of beer art, digital happiness in a digital glass!