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Every Thursday, the Loddon Herald's Over the Fence column has funny yarns from our local towns

LET’S not be in a hurry. Guess that’s the message we can take for the “penultimate latest” saying adorning the Treemendous sign site between Durham Ox and Boort. That sign, complete with Humphrey B Bear-style waistcoast and a nudge-nudge wink-wink emoji made its appearance last week with the tree-mendously witty bloke behind the signs saying: “It took a while to get this one up.” Did we say latest sign? Turns out there was a quick change for Valentine’s Day.

FOR readers wondering what this emoji stuff is all about - the word emoji comes from Japanese e ‘picture’ and moji ‘character’ and the resemblance to the English words emotion and emoticon is purely coincidental, according to Wikipedia.

EMOJI is a pictogram, logogram, ideogram or smiley embedded in text and used in electronic messages and web pages. The primary function of emoji is to fill in emotional cues otherwise missing from typed conversation.Emoji exist in various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals.

WE WONDER if any of the OTF regular correspondents have an emoji dictionary loaded on the mobile phone to fill in the emotional side of commentary being provided to us by text message? Stinger gave us an update on precuations taken by one of his Three Amigos before last week’s twilight bowls at Calivil. To make sure the bowls made their intended destination, and not the Loddon River after a disastrous outing in Bendigo, The Oracle sent his home with his sister for safekeeping.

FOUND a few emoji jokes on the world-wide web - What is a cow emoji called? An emooji. Does anyone know where I can find the “Surrender” emoji? Nevermind the French flag works fine.

FINALLY this week, with international travel back on the cards, comes this story from Taipei: on three occasions this past summer, Songshan Airport allowed 60 passengers to check in, collect their boarding passes, clear security, wait at their gate and board an Airbus. The plane’s destination? Nowhere. The groups were the lucky winners of a contest that let people role-play (remember) a day at the airport.


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