Smileys

The most common emoticons are faces and expressions composed of standard keyboard punctuation marks and symbols, and which are viewed sideways. These are known as "smileys" in reference to the first emoticons, which represented a smile, such as: : - ). Smileys are indicators of the emotional "tone of voice" intended by the writer.

Table C-1. Smileys

Text

Meaning

:-)

smile

(-:

left-handed smile

:o)

smile with a large nose (or clown smiley)

:)

smile with no nose

:->

smirk (or wry smile)

:-}

wry smile (or leer)

:-t

unsmiley

:*)

just clowning around (or inebriated)

:-))))

extreme happiness (or sarcastic happiness)

:-D

very happy (or laughing)

(-D

laughing hard

:-) :-) :-)

loud guffaw

:’-)

laughing and crying

%-)

amused (and possibly confused)

:-/

chagrined (or skeptical) ...

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