When I was in elementary school, I loved rebus stories. Not familiar? Random House defines a rebus as:
a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables: Two gates and a head is a rebus for Gateshead.
Basically, it’s the great granddaddy of emoji.
Emoji are excellent for short-handing long messages and expressing how you feel. However, Unicode / SoftBank encoding, Chrome’s baffling lack of native support, and Android/iOS/Twitter quirks make cross-platform implementation tricky.
Here’s a rebus of what I was listening to all throughout 2012: