Sometimes we make good use of emoticons, like in The Smiths Game, which uses pictures to guess song titles:
|I guessed them all except the last one. Please try:)|
Other times I like to express my food choices using imagery in very mundane daily exchanges:
|I had a lb for breakfast|
FYI, a "lb" is a Low Budget sandwich, those found at the convenience store. They're very cheap and quite tasty, and usually come in a mix, such as half tuna/half egg salad, or strawberries/cream, etc. I think after those years in Japan, we developed our own language.
Japan has the best stuff.
(And yes, we do work sometimes)