Smileys

A Guide to Understanding Smiley Faces
Smiley Faces –  Showing Emotions With Text Chat  
A 'smiley face', often called smiley or emoticon, is used in text communications to convey an emotion within a text message. Smiley faces are used in the same way voice changes and facial expressions are used in face-to-face or telephone conversation. For example, if you were joking with someone and send a text message saying „GAL (get a life)”the person receiving your message may think you are making a rude comment to them. If you send the same message with a „happy smiley” : ) following the text, the person would then understand you were „smiling” – or joking around when you said that. Showing emotions through characters in text messaging helps the receiver correctly interpret your intent and meaning. To create a smiley face you use your standard keyboard characters and punctuation marks in sequences that look like facial expressions might. When viewing text smiley faces, they are all sideways. Here are some basics to get you started in understanding what the faces are: following the text, the person would then understand you were „smiling” – or joking around when you said that. Showing emotions through characters in text messaging helps the receiver correctly interpret your intent and meaning. To create a smiley face you use your standard keyboard characters and punctuation marks in sequences that look like facial expressions might. When viewing text smiley faces, they are all sideways. Here are some basics to get you started in understanding what the faces are:

The close bracket represents a sideways smile   )Add in the colon and you have sideways eyes   :Put them together to make a smiley face  :)Use the dash  –   to add a nose  :-)Change the colon to a semi-colon ; and you have a winking face 😉 with a nose  ;-)Put a lower case o (halo) on top and now you have a winking, smiling angel 0;) with a nose 0;-)Use the letter 8 in place of the colon for sunglasses  😎

 
Here are a few examples of different smiley faces and their meanings:
ICON
MEANING
🙂
A standard smile
🙂
With a nose
>-)
An evil grin
🙁
A sad or frown smile
🙁
Sad with a nose
:-<
Super sad
(((H)))
Hugs
:-X
Kiss on the lips
`:-)
One eyebrow raised
:^)
A broken nose
:-&
Tongue tied
:-#
With braces
:'-)
Happy Crying
😉
Winking smile
😉
Winking smile with nose
O:-)
I’m an angel (boy)
O*-)
I’m an angel (girl)
|-O
Yawn
@>–;–
A rose
=^.^=
A cat
😀
Laughter
:@
Exclamation „What???”
:-@
Scream
:-0
Yell
%-(
Confused
:—–)
Long nose (Liar!)