I asked Michael about his favorite emoji description on the iPhone, and he picked that one.
Emojis haven’t always been graphical. Both of us remember the good old days of the : ) (written separately to make sure it won’t get turned into an emoji). It may be on its side, but you don’t need fancy emoji keyboards to type it and it sends the message just as clearly as ☺️. We also like the other old ones: : P for sticking out your tongue, and ; ) to wink.
Michael likes emoji descriptions but doesn’t like it when people use long strings of smileys, and I’ll stick to the old “text” ones.