In the past I have often used a specific Asian emoticon
o_O and its variations of eyes to depict bewilderment, surprise and wonder.
While chatting online with an Korean friend of mine, muse struck me and I figured out the more European version of that smiley:
Ladies and gentlemen, please get to know the
oJO and his brother the
As can be clearly seen they both sport two of the most prominent European noses – the hawk-like Roman/Caesarian nose and the noble Greek philosopher's nose.
Both are able to be modified with the eye variations just like its Asian cousin: so e.g.:
OJOcould be described as a really astonished caesar;
oLoas a scarred or worried philosopher;
oJOas either looking right1 or raising the right eyebrow; and
OLoas either looking left1 or raising the left eyebrow.
hook out → nomming on home-made walnut potica and sipping cocoa with forest honey from a wooden mug
P.S. To avoid issues with MarkDown I have replaced all the previous
o_O occasions in this blog with
Looking from the reader’s point of view. ↩