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I would imagine that ASL speakers have usage patterns that they would like to express via text messaging without simply “translating” them into formal written English. That’s no different than why English speakers use emoji (“” instead of “I am happy”) or informal onomatopoeia (“uggh” instead of “I am annoyed”).

I love (sarcastically) how Hacker News has no support for emoji. What year is it?

It actually has code to handle emoji: by deleting them. You can find older posts that do contain emoji, from before they were blocked.

Yeah, I noticed that after submitting my comment, but I figured I’d leave it there for the irony.

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