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Flirting by text message has its own language. The terms and acronyms in this list will help you give your messages maximum appeal.
=

Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace

Are

B/C Because

Back to back

Be back later

Be right back

Been there, done that

Before

Better you than me

Big grin

Boyfriend

By the way

Bye for now

Christmas

Cutie

Exclusively yours

For your eyes only

For your information

Girlfriend

Good Morning

Good afternoon/good evening

Good night

Gotta go

Great

Hate

Hold me close

Hope this helps

Hot for you

Hugs and Kisses

Hugs and kisses

 
  A3

R

B/C

B2B

BBL

BRB

BTDT

B4

BYTM

BG

BF

BTW

B4N

XMAS

QT

XclusvlyUrs

FYEO

FYI

GF

GUDAM

GUDPM

GUDNITE

G2G

GR8

H8

HldMeCls

HTH

Ht4U

H&K

XOXOXO

 
  Have

I am for you

I am sorry

I love you too

I love you

It must be love

It's a date

It's fate

I've got you babe

Just playing

Just a Minute

Just in case

Just kidding

Kiss

Kiss and a hug

Kiss on the cheek

Kiss on the lips

Late

Later

Later gator

Laugh

Long distance relationship

Long slow kiss on the lips

Long time no see

Love You

Love you too

Me too

Miss you

Miss you so much

Mobile

 
  HV

IM4U

IMS

ILU2

ILU

IMBLuv

IAD8

ItsF8

IGotUBabe-

J/P

JAM

JIC

JK

X

XO

KOTC

KOTL

L8

L8R

L8R G8R

L

LDR

LSKOL

LTNS

LuvU

LuvU2

ME2

MU

MUSM

MOB



 
  Moment

Not cool

Not too much

No big deal

Only for you

Please

Please call me

Regards

Ring my bell

Rolling on the floor laughing

See you

See you later

See you soon

Sent with a loving kiss

Short on time

Shut up

Significant other

Someone

Still love you

Thanks

Totally devoted to you

Wait a minute

Want to kiss?

Why?

What you see is what you get

Wish you were here

You

You are for me

You are good!

You know you've been on line too long when...

You too

You'll be sorry

Your are the one

You're welcome

Yours forever

You've been smooched


 
  MOM

N/C

N2M

NBD

O4U

PLZ

PCM

RGDS

RMB

ROTFL

CU

CUL

CUS

SWALK

SOT

SU

SO

SUM1

SLU

THX

TDTU

W8AM

WAN2 :-*

Y

WYSIWYG

WUWH

U

UR4Me

YRG

YKYBOTLW

U2

YBS

URT1

YW

U4E

UV BN Smuchd
 


:-) -- Smiling

:-* -- Kiss

:-D -- Laughter

:-)) -- Very happy

;-) -- Winking

:-& -- Tongue-tied

0:- ) -- Saintly

:-0 -- Shocked
 

 

Emoticons and E-mail Shorthand

 

Smileys are tiny pictures made from ordinary ASCII characters that are meant to be looked at with the head tilted to the left.

Smileys came about when e-mail correspondents felt the need to convey emotional content such as sarcasm, laughter and other feelings as part of their messages.

Without smileys, simple statements could easily be misinterpreted:

You're an idiot! :-)

Sometime during 1981, Scott Fahlman, who is now a Principle Research Scientist in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, devised a scheme for encoding and conveying one's feelings as small text "glyphs" to overcome this frustration.

Scott was the first to use smileys in electronic mail and in posts to BBS message boards and Internet newsgroups, as well as in personal e-mail.

The Emoticons

:-)

- Humor

:-) (-:

- Masking theatrical comments

:-T

- Keeping a straight face (tight-lipped)

:-D

- Said with a smile

:->

- Alternate happy face

:-) :-) :-)

- Loud guffaw

:*)

- Clowning around

:-?

- Licking lips

%-}

- Silly

:/)

- Not funny

:-"

- Pursing lips

:-r

- Bleahhh (sticking tongue out)

:-f

- Smirks

:-p

- Smirks

:-1

- Smirks

:-,

- Smirks

:-|

- Disgusted

:-J

- Tongue-in-cheek comments

:-!

- Foot in mouth

:-$

- Put your money where your mouth is

:-D

- Talks too much

:-I

- Chewing on bone

%&$%&

- You know what that means...

:-P

- Shouting

:-y

- Shouting

:-o

- Shouting

:-(

- Unhappy

:-c

- Real unhappy

(:-&

- Anger

(:^(

- Broken nose

(:<)

- Blabber mouth

?-(

- Black eye

%-)

- Broken glasses

:-b

- Tongue stuck out

:-p

- Left-handed tongue stuck out

>--->---(@

- A rose

||*(

- Handshake offered

||*)

- Handshake accepted

:-x

- Kiss kiss

o=

- A burning candle to start a flame

~=

- Flaming message

-=

- A doused candle to end a flame

|-<>

- Kissy face

[]

- Hug

(-_-)

- Secret smile

'-)

- Wink

;-)

- Say no more; nudge, nudge

:-*

- Oops! (Covering mouth with hand)

:-#

- Censored

:-8

- Talking out both sides of your mouth

>:>

- Leer

:-X

- Not saying a word

(:-...

- Heart-breaking message...

:-o

- "Oh, noooooo!" (a la Mr. Bill)

#:-o

- Same as previous

...---...

- S.O.S.

:-<

- Forlorn

|-(

- Late night messages

(:-$

- Ill

(:-(

- Sad

%-

- Hung over

:~/

- All mixed up

#-)

- Another all-night partier

:-'|

- With a cold

%+{

- Loser in a fight

( )

- You're kidding!

<:-O

- Eeek!

:-C

- Unbelieving (jaw dropped)

:-(*)

- About to vomit

Back to Top



 

E-mail Shorthand

2U2

- To You, Too

AAMOF

- As A Matter Of Fact

AFAIK

- As Far As I Know

AFAIC

- As Far As I'm Concerned

AFAICT

- As Far As I Can Tell

AFK

- Away From Keyboard

ASAP

- As Soon As Possible

BAK

- Back At Keyboard

BBL

- Be Back Later

BITMT

- But In The Meantime

BOT

- Back On Topic

BRB

- Be Right Back

BTW

- By the way

C4N

- Ciao For Now

CRS

- Can't Remember "Stuff"

CU

- See You

CUL(8R)

- See You Later

CWOT

- Complete Waste Of Time

CYA

- See Ya

DIY

- Do It Yourself

EOD

- End Of Discussion

EZ

- Easy

F2F

- Face To Face

FAQ

- Frequently Asked Questions

FBOW

- For Better Or Worse

FOAF

- Friend Of A Friend

FOCL

- Falling Off Chair Laughing

FWIW

- For What It's Worth

FYA

- For Your Amusement

FYI

- For Your Information

/ga

- Go Ahead

GAL

- Get A Life

GBTW

- Get Back To Work

GFC

- Going For Coffee

GFETE

- Grinning From Ear To Ear

GMTA

- Great minds think alike

GR&D

- Grinning, Running & Ducking

GTG

- Got To Go

GTGTTBR

- Got To Go To The Bathroom

GTRM

- Going To Read Mail

HAND

- Have A Nice Day

HHOK

- Ha Ha Only Kidding

HTH

- Hope This Helps

IAC

- In Any Case

IAE

- In Any Event

IC

- I See

IDGI

- I Don't Get It

IMCO

- In My Considered Opinion

IMHO

- In my humble opinion

IMNSHO

- in My Not So Humble Opinion

IMO

- In My Opinion

IMPE

- In My Personal Experience

IMVHO

- In My Very Humble Opinion

IOW

- In Other Words

IRL

- In Real Life

ISP

- Internet Service Provider

IYKWIM

- If You Know What I Mean

JIC

- Just In Case

J/K

- Just kidding

KISS

- Keep It Simple Stupid

L8TR

- Later

LD

- Later dude

LOL

- Laughing Out Loud

LTNS

- Long Time No See

MorF

- Male or Female, or person who asks that question

MTCW

- My Two Cents Worth

NRN

- No Reply Necessary

ONNA

- Oh No, Not Again!

OTOH

- On The Other Hand

OTTOMH

- Off the top of my head

OIC

- Oh I See

OTF

- On The Floor

OLL

- Online Love

PLS

- Please

PU

- That Stinks!

REHI

- Hello Again (re-Hi!)

ROFL

- Rolling On Floor Laughing

ROTF

- Rolling On The Floor

ROTFL

- Rolling On The Floor Laughing

RSN

- Real Soon Now

RTDox

- Read The Documentation/Directions

RTFM

- Read The Frickin' Manual

RUOK

- Are You OK?

SNAFU

- Situation Normal; All Fouled Up

SO

- Significant Other

SOL

- Smiling Out Loud (or Sh*t Out of Luck)

TANSTAAFL

- There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

TAFN

- That's All For Now

TEOTWAWKI

- The End Of The World As We Know It

THX

- Thanks

TIA

- Thanks In Advance

TLK2UL8R

- Talk to you later

TMK

- To My Knowledge

TOS

- Terms Of Service

TPTB

- The Powers That Be

TSWC

- Tell Someone Who Cares

TTBOMK

- To The Best Of My Knowledge

TTFN

- Ta-Ta For Now

TTYL(8R)

- Talk To You Later

TWIMC

- To Whom It May Concern

Txs

- Thanks

URL

- Web Page Address

w/b

- Welcome Back

w/o

- Without

WRT

- With Regard To

WTG

- Way To Go

WU?

- What's Up?

WWW

- World Wide Web

WYSIWYG

- What You See Is What You Get

Y2K

- Year 2000

YGIAGAM

- Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

YGWYPF

- You Get What You Pay For

YMMV

- Your Mileage May Vary

ZZZ

- Sleeping

 



 

An emoticon, sometimes called a smiley, is a sequence of printable characters such as :), ^-^, or :-) or a small image that is intended to represent a human facial expression and convey an emotion. Emoticons are a form of paralanguage commonly used in email messages, in online bulletin boards, or in chat rooms. The word emoticon is a portmanteau based on emotion and icon.

A similar portmanteau, verticon (based on vertical and icon), is sometimes used when referring to the East Asian style of emoticon.

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Background
    • 1.2 Creation of :-)
    • 1.3 Internet usage
  • 2 Purposes
  • 3 Western style
    • 3.1 Basic examples
    • 3.2 Variants
    • 3.3 History of :|
    • 3.4 Head and hands emoticons
    • 3.5 Posture emoticons
  • 4 East Asian style
    • 4.1 Basic examples
  • 5 Anime style
    • 5.1 Basic examples
    • 5.2 Complex examples
  • 6 Other
  • 7 Text Flags
  • 8 Graphic emoticons
  • 9 See also
  • 10 External links
    • 10.1 History
    • 10.2 Examples
    • 10.3 Japanese emoticons
    • 10.4 Emoticon Grammar

History

Background

An early known instance of using text characters to represent a sideways smiling (and frowning) face is in a newspaper advertisement in the New York Herald Tribune, March 10, 1953, on page 20, columns 46.[1] Promoting the film Lili, starring Leslie Caron, the ad read as follows:

Today

You'll laugh :)

You'll cry :(

You'll love <3 Lili

The film opened nationwide, so the ad may have run in many newspapers.

In 1963 the smiley face, a yellow button with a smile and two dots representing eyes, was invented by freelance artist Harvey Ball. This smiley presumably inspired later emoticons; the most basic emoticon image is a small yellow smiley face.

The earliest known non-ASCII emoticons were used in the PLATO IV program as early as 1972, which allowed users to type multiple text characters "on top" of each other. Many combinations of ordinary text characters were known to produce face-like patterns, which were used as emoticons.

Several sites on the World Wide Web (such as Connected Earth) assert that Kevin Mackenzie proposed -) as a joke-marker in April 1979, on a message board called MsgGroup. The idea was to indicate that a message was intended tongue-in-cheek the hyphen was a tongue, not a nose. Although it has two out of the three characters of the smiley, its intended interpretation was different and it doesn't appear to have inspired the later smileys.

Every issue of the British fashion magazine i-D, founded in 1980, has featured a cover model with a winking right eye (or sometimes obscured in a different way).

Creation of :-)

The creator of the original ASCII emoticons :-) and :-(, with a specific suggestion that they be used to express emotion, was Scott Fahlman; the original proposal made by Fahlman on CMU CS general board on September 19, 1982 (at 11:44) was retrieved from old backup tapes on September 10, 2002, by Jeff Baird. See Fahlman's website for a full account of the thread.

19-Sep-82 11:44    Scott E  Fahlman             :-)
From: Scott E  Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>
 
I propose that the following character sequence [be used] for joke markers:
 
 :-)
 
Read it sideways.  Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends.  For this, use
 
 :-(

Internet usage

In Internet forums, text emoticons are often automatically replaced with small corresponding images, which came to be called emoticons as well. In some versions of Microsoft Word, the Auto Correct feature recognizes basic smiles such as :) and :(. Many popular instant-messaging (IM) tools perform such replacement automatically when receiving a message. Originally, these image emoticons were fairly simple and replaced only the most straightforward and common text strings, but over time they became so complex that the more specialized emoticons are often input using a menu of sometimes hundreds of emoticons. Often these menus go beyond the realm of emoticons and also have other objects such as musical instruments and can sometimes make sounds upon receiving the message.

An August 2004 issue of the Risks Digest (comp.risks on USENET) pointed out a problem with such features which are not under the sender's control:

It's hard to know in advance what character-strings will be parsed into what kind of unintended image. A colleague was discussing his 401(k) plan with his boss, who happens to be female, via instant messaging. He discovered, to his horror, that the boss's instant-messaging client was rendering the "(k)" as a big pair of red smoochy lips. [2]

In many online computer games, emoticons are commonly used.

Purposes

Emoticons have developed over the years as a replacement for facial expressions and other emotional cues lacking in text-only communication; the goal is to avoid misunderstandings due to the lack of contextual information. Many books have been written on this subject, with voluminous listings of emoticons.

Western style

Traditionally, the emoticon in Western style is written from left to right, the way one reads and writes in most Western cultures. Thus, most commonly, you'll see the eyes on the left, followed by the nose and mouth. To more easily recognise them, tilt your head towards your left shoulder (or occasionally towards your right shoulder if the "top" of the emoticon is towards the right).

The smile is represented with a basic smiley :-). The colon represents the eyes, the hyphen is for the nose, and the parenthesis is for the mouth.

Many variants exist with different symbols substituted for the basic ones. The symbol for the nose is often omitted, for example :) or ;). When the colon is replaced with the equals sign, =), the nose is almost always omitted (so one would not see =-), for example).

Basic examples

The following examples all use the basic form, but each of them can be transformed to be rotated, to lose the hyphen and/or to replace the eyes symbol. Lately it has become common to omit the hyphen.[3]

 :-)

smile

 :-]

polite smile i.e "Im smiling to get you off my back" (you stupid coworker)

 :-[

gasping

 :-(

frown

 :-/ or :-\

cynical, undecided, or irked

 :-|

unsure, deadpan or indifferent

 ;-)

wink

 :-D

wide grin

 :-P or :-p or :-

tongue sticking out: joke, sarcasm or disgusting.

B-) or 8-)

has sunglasses: looking cool

 :-o or :-O or =-o or :-0

surprised

 :-s or :-S

confused

 :-8 or :-B

buck teeth

 :-x

"I shouldn't have said that"

 :'-( or :~-(

shedding a tear

 :o)

clown face, can mean tongue in cheek

>:-) or }:-)

eyebrows or horns; evil, mean, a devil

0:-)

halo over the head, an angel, innocent

XD

Laughing, eyes shut, (LOL)

XP

Tongue out, eyes shut

 :3

Cat Face

 :V

A comically widely opened mouth

Variants

There are endless possibilities, because people are very good at creating and interpreting pictures as faces. See ASCII art.

Some variants are also more common in certain countries because of reasons like keyboard layouts, for example the smiley =) is common in Scandinavia and Finland where the keys for = and ) are placed right beside each other and both need the use of the shift key.

A few people turn the smiley around, a "left handed" smiley (: This left-handed smiley can sometimes cause miscommunication though, since some hardcore net addicts tend to drop the  : representing the eyes [leaving ) instead of  :) ] so what was intended to be a smile could be interpreted as a frown.

There also exists the use of umlauts to achieve emoticons that aren't tilted to the side. For example, is the upright version of :O (meaning that one is alarmed).

As more of a joke than anything but also as a political statement "frownies", the symbol  :-( , were trademarked by Despair, Inc. in U.S. Trademark Serial No. 75502288, Registration No. 2347676. The trademark applies only to "Printed matter namely, greeting cards, posters and art prints". In January 2001 Despair issued a satirical press release in which it was announced that the company would be suing "over 7 million internet users" who had infringed their trademark. They subsequently issued another press release a month later in response to the reaction their claim had generated.

XD (used to represent laughing) supposedly became popular on the internet shortly after it was used in the television show, South Park, usually explained to the unknowing as the emoticon being akin to the animation method used when a character was laughing so hard they had their eyes closed (a sideways X for their eyes).

History of :|

The emoticon, :| was an emoticon developer to show a blank expression or stare. However it soon developed into a trend where one would constantly use the emoticon and the meaning would change or stretch depending on the sentence. Some examples.

Sarcasm: "Wow, you're really funny :|!"

Shocked: "You're an idiot :|!"

There are several more meanings that :| can be used for. :| is occasional used by people who troll, spam, flame, ect. It is most commonly used for annoyance and shock and is considered an underground fad or a cult fad.

Head and hands emoticons

These emoticons aren't rotated, they include the letter "o" for a human head, and slashes and backslashes for the arms.

o/

waving

\o

Hitler salute

/o

scratching one's head

/o\

despair, cowering, Sandi Toksvig

\o/

joy

<0,

Bruce Forsyth

<o/ _o> <o>

dancing

<o_/ \_o/

fencing

>-<o

jumping, diving

o7

saluting

--o--

Jan ge Fjrtoft

*\o/*

cheerleader

<O

honor

\\oo/

Zaphod Beeblebrox

They're also usable for displaying "animations", e.g. a crowning process:

o/" _o

o_ "\o

o_ <

o/ \/

Posture emoticons

orz (sometimes seen as Or2, On_, OTZ, OTL, O7Z, Sto, Jto, _no, _||) spawned a subculture in late 2004.[4] It illustrates a person facing left and kneeling on the ground: the "o" symbolizes the head, the "r" represents the arms and the body while the "z" shows the legs. People use the pictograph to show that they have failed and/or they are in despair. It is not read phonetically, the letters are spelled out. Not to be confused with m(_ _)m, which means an apology.

Orz is associated sometimes with the phrase "nice guy" - that is, the concept of males being rejected for a date by girls they are pursuing with a phrase like "You're a nice guy," "I'd like to be your friend," etc.

On imageboards, it has been used not only for failure and despair, but also as a symbol for the kowtow, illustrating instead a person bowing down in worship of a certain picture that was posted.

Many other emoticons are inspired by orz, including:

OGC - man masturbating himself

oec - man masturbating himself (lefthander)

08>C - woman masturbating herself

East Asian style

Users from East Asia (particularly those who visit 2channel) popularized a style of emoticons known as verticons (Japanese: 顔文字, kaomoji; literally, "face letters"), which can be understood without turning one's head to the left. These styles of faces roughly resemble the style commonly found in Japanese anime and manga comic books.

The Japanese language is usually encoded using double-byte character codes. As a result there is a bigger variety of characters that can be used in emoticons, many of which cannot be reproduced in ASCII. Most kaomoji contain Cyrillic and other foreign letters to create even more complicated expressions analogous to ASCII art's level of complexity. Such expressions are known as Shift_JIS art.

Basic examples

m(_ _)m

bowing

(`)

annoyed

ω・`)

deflated

Д`)

yelling, or panting

( ゚Д゚)

surprised, or loudmouthed

┐('`)┌

don't know the answer

∀`)

carefree

< `∀>

stereotypical Korean character

( _`

indifferent

Σ(д;)

shocked

(*Д`)

heavy breathing

'へ'凸 

flipping someone the bird

(──)

"who cares?"

キタ━━━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━━━ !!!!!

"it came!/hooray!/touchdown!"

Anime style

English anime forums use a form of kaomoji adapted for single-byte encoding. These are usually in the format of *_*, where the asterisks indicate the eyes, and the central character, usually an underscore, is the mouth. When a period is used for the mouth, it is often meant to make the person look cuter, especially for women. Alternatively, the mouth can be left out entirely. A quote mark '" or semicolon ; can be appended to the emoticon to imply apprehension, or embarrassment, la the anime sweat-drop.

Basic examples

Note that for most of these, it is possible to use a period for a mouth (^.^), leave out the mouth entirely (^^), leave out the parentheses ^_^, or combinations.

(^_^)

smiley

(^.^)

see above, but rather than a wide, closed mouth, a small mouth is present (the dot can also be a nose)

(~_~)

annoyed or sleepy

(`_^) or (^_~)

wink

(>_<)

angry, frustrated

(^o^)

singing, or laughing maniacally

\(^o^)/

very excited (raising hands)

(-_-) or (=_=)

trying to hide annoyance, or sleeping (eyes shut), grumpy

(-_-;) or (^_^') or (^_^);;

nervousness, or sweatdrop (embarrassed. semicolon can be repeated)

(-_-)

vein (used to show frustration)

(_)

focused at a particular person, or sometimes used after a joking comment as a sort of "shifty eyes" smiley

\m/>_<\m/

Rockin' out.

(<_<)

"yeah, right...", looking around suspiciously

(;_;)

crying

(T_T) or T-T

crying a lot, or deadpan stare

(T0T)

crying a lot, and wailing

(@_@)

dazed

(@_o)

black eye from left hook

(o_O) or (_O)

Confused Surprise

(o.0);

You Scare Me

(_)

Surprised

(0_<)

Flinch, nervous wink

(O_O)

Shocked

(._.)

intimidated, sad, ashamed

($_$)

Money Eyes; Thinking about Money

(x_x) or (+_+)

Dead or Knocked Out

(n_n)

Pleased

(9_9)

Eye Rolling

(*_*)

Star-Struck

t(-_-t)

Flipping off

(",)

Smirk

("o)

Side Shocked

~~(=_=)~~

Break-dance

\(_o)/

Dunno, LOL

Complex examples

{ }

Boy (Alt+147=)

{ }

Girl (Alt+148=)

{ }

Surprised, Scared (Alt+162= , Alt+149=)

{ }

Angry (Alt+149= , Alt+162=)

{ }

"Indeed" Star Trek's Mr. Spock] (Alt+162= , Alt+147=)

=^_^=

blushing, or a cat face (mischievous)

^n_n^

catgirl or boy

d-_-b title.mp3

listening to Music, labeling title afterwards

~~~~>_<~~~~

weeping horribly

<(^_^)>,(>^_^)>, etc.

Kirby, often repeated to indicate dancing

<(_)> or [(_)]

focused at a particular person with ear-phones

( ~^_^)~

dancing

(9_)-o

fighting, throwing a punch

( >^( >*.*)>

humping

/\_/^_^\_/\

Sailor Moon (extensible)

w-('u')-w

Kilroy was here (extensible)

(u.u)

duh, sarcastic "what do you think?" face

p(^o^)q

Good luck

(^^ .)\\//

Peace

m <(~_~)> m

Kitten

Other

<3

Heart shape (♥) (a.k.a. "less than 3")

</3

Broken heart

---{-@

Rose (variants are common)

<><

Jesus Fish/Ichthus fish

(>")>

Kirby (alternate form)

>(<')

Blub (one of several variations)

@('.')@

funny monkey

\m/

"rocker fingers"/Sign of the Devil

\m/(>_<)\m/

rocker dude

,,l,

flip off

,l,,(>.<),,l,

man flipping off

_/\(!)/\_

woman on her back

__m__o.o__m__

Creepy guy looking in through window

===~

smoking

Text Flags

One new patriotic variant is the text flag. These are usually represented inside a pair of close brackets symbols, to indicate a flag flying in the breeze ) ) Some examples of text flags;

)*=)

United States of America

)=o=)

Argentina

)I+I)

Canada

)I@I)

Mxico

)->I<-)

United Kingdom

)X)

Scotland

)+)

Switzerland

)*+)

Australia and/or New Zealand

)*>-)

Philippines

)<o>)

Brazil

)=:::=)

Venezuela

)>-)

South-Africa

)C*=)

Malaysia

)O)

Japan

)-+-)

Finland

Tricolors are obviously a problem, so alternatives are used, such as )(7 ), meant to represent the Irish harp.

Graphic emoticons

Graphical emoticons (small images that often automatically replaced typed text) commonly are used instead of the older text variants, especially on Internet forums and instant messenger programs.

See also

  • Internet slang

External links

Look up ]] in Wiktionary, the free dictionary

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:

History

  • 1953: ^ American Dialect Society Mailing List, subject Smiley (March 1953), 13 October 2001
  • 1976: PLATO emoticons advanced emoticons using PLATO and overstriking techniques
  • 1982: The First Smiley :-) Evidence of one of the first smiley emoticons from 1982
  • 1982: Smiley Lore :-) by Scott E. Fahlman, who is widely credited as being the first person to use a sideways smiley face in an electronic medium.
  • 1998: U.S. Trademark Serial No. 75502288, Registration No. 2347676 Evidence of the frowny-face emoticon being trademarked by Despair, Inc.
  • 2001: Press release from Depair, Inc. regarding their emoticon trademark A tongue-in-cheek press release regarding their trademark registration of the :-( emoticon. (Note: While the press release may be humorous, the registration is legitimate.)

Examples

  • Complete emoticons archive for forums, emails, blog etc.
  • MSN Emoticons
  • Travis Carden's Dictionary of Emoticons - Official emoticons (and keyboard
  • Free Emoticons

Japanese emoticons

  • Anikaos Japanese Anime emoticons
  • Japanese/Anime Emoticons List
  • The Art of Emoticons
  • Intro to Media Studies BBS: Japanese Emoticons
  • Intro to Media Studies BBS: Japanese Emoticons 2
  • Japanese e-mail emoticons
  • Archive of Animated Emoticons
  • Japanese emoticons (a whatis definition)
  • Japanese Emoticons (New York Times article)
  • Japanese Smileys
  • Japanese Smilies

Emoticon Grammar

  • Proposed Standard for Parenthesized Emoticonscs:Emotikona

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