A Russian businessman has trademarked the combination of semicolon, dash and bracket that make up a winking face 'emoticon' in texts and emails.He says no getting all wicked-slippery-like by dropping the hyphen. It's close enough that he has ownership of that, too. ;)
But not to worry, he's a benevolent
Oleg Teterin, President of mobile advertising company Superfone, doesn’t intend to stop the average Joe from using the linguistic emotion without his permission.Well golly, that's a relief. For a moment, I was ready to welcome our new emoticon overlords, but he's only gunning for corporate use.