Text Messaging 101-Over 60 different smiley faces

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Town & Country Realty

Text messaging 101-I have to say that the people that came up with all these really have alot of time on their hands...but I am glad for it because it is really neat!  Tought I would share to get everyone up to spead.

Smiley Faces -  Showing Emotions In Text Chat
A 'smiley face', often called a smiley or emoticon, is used in text communications to convey an emotion with a text message. Smiley faces are used in the same way that a person's voice changes or how facial expressions are used in face-to-face 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.  GAL :)

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 zero 0 (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  8-)

Some chat and instant message programs will automatically translate text smiley faces into graphical emoticons. In AOL Instant messenger (AIM), for example, if you type out the characters to make a "happy face" followed by "sad face" followed by "cool sunglasses"  you would enter the following characters:

:)   :(   8-)

Once you've entered the text however, AIM converts the smiley text to graphics, if it can recognize the smiley pattern, and what you see on the screen in your AIM window will look like this:

Here are few examples of different smiley faces and their meanings:

Icon Meaning
:) Standard smile
:-) With nose
:-E Buck-tooth or Vampire
>-) Evil grin
:( Sad or frown smile
:-( Sad with nose
:- Super sad
:P Sticking tongue out (raspberry)
(((H))) Hugs
:-X Kiss on the lips
`:-) One eyebrow raised
:^) A broken nose
:-& tongue tied
E-:-) a Ham radio operator
:-> Big grin happy
(-}{-) Couple kissing
:-Q Smoking
$_$ Greedy
@@ Rolling your eyes
Icon Meaning
:-# With braces
:'-) Happy Crying
{:-) Toupee smile
;) Winking smile
;-) Winking smile with nose
O:-) I'm an angel (boy)
O*-) I'm an angel (girl)
|-O Yawn
(:-D Gossip, blabbermouth
@>--;-- Rose
@-}--- Rose
())>--- Rose
=^.^= Cat
O.o Confused
C=:-) A chef
A bunny
=-O "Uh-oh"
~( 8^(I) Homer Simpson
Icon Meaning
:-! "Foot in mouth"
:-D Laughter
:*) Drunk smile
:@ Exclamation "What???"
:-@ Scream
:-0 Yell
%-( Confused
:-----) Long nose (Liar!)
:-.) Madonna
:-($) Put your money where your mouth is
(:I An egghead
|-O Yawning
:@) Pig smile
d[-_-]b DJ with headphones
~:0 Baby
-@--@- Eyeglasses
\VVV/ King
\%%%/ Queen
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Mike Carlos-Realtor
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:$ what does that mean??

Oct 14, 2013 05:00 PM #176
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Dec 06, 2013 04:34 PM #177
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Mike - lots to absorb but thanks for all of the information.

Dec 06, 2013 07:09 PM #178
Im terrible... To the left, To the left! \(* *\) \(* * \) To the right, to the right! (/* *)/ (/* *)/ \(* *\) (/* *)/
Jan 04, 2014 11:37 AM #179
Andrew Green
Keller Williams Elite Realty - North Vancouver, BC

º¿º Was always my favorite! If you think smiley faces are impressive, google ascii art and you can see people's recreations of famous paintings using nothing but symbols.

Jan 04, 2014 04:16 PM #180
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This is cool. Now I have to study the ones I do not know.

Jan 04, 2014 04:37 PM #181
Jeremy De La Garza
Corpus Christi Realty Group - Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX

Thanks for sharing this info,  I had no idea what quite a few of these meant. 

Jan 04, 2014 09:57 PM #182

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Jun 18, 2014 10:58 PM #183

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

Jun 25, 2014 07:00 AM #184
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330 - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

I've used ^ as a nose instead of -, so ;^) to me looks better than ;-).

Jun 25, 2014 08:31 AM #185
Kara lauzon

8-> *-:)•••••
What does this mean?
Can anyone help me please

Jul 19, 2014 07:03 PM #186
Mike Morgan

What does this mean
Q('.'O) and also what does this mean

Aug 03, 2014 05:47 PM #187
Mary Stewart

By, I did not know there were so many options.

Aug 03, 2014 06:15 PM #188

YAH thanks came in handy

Sep 23, 2014 05:10 PM #189

Um, have ypu tested these some turn into emogie faces others just do nothing.

Was that the point?

Dec 17, 2014 09:32 PM #190


Feb 11, 2015 06:19 AM #191
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

wow, so many comments!

What is the traffic stats for this blog post, I'm just curious. Must be very popular.

Feb 12, 2015 11:48 PM #192
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

btw, I don't know most combinations from that table, but I have Emoji. It has a lovely combination of funny faces and symbols. No need for more:)

Feb 12, 2015 11:52 PM #193

lol look ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) learned i from friend

May 16, 2015 07:07 PM #194

It is cool

Jun 18, 2015 12:08 AM #195
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