Text Messaging 101-Over 60 different smiley faces

Reblogger Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

How can you say SMILEY Faces in 60 different ways?

This post was written a few years ago.  When you have some spare time...take a look at lots of different ways to make a smiley face.  It is fun to look at all the comments on the original post by Mike Carlos.



Original content by Mike Carlos

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
<:-) Uni-brow
:-> 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
<(-_-)> Robot
d[-_-]b DJ with headphones
~:0 Baby
-@--@- Eyeglasses
\VVV/ King
\%%%/ Queen


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Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
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Texting requires smiley faces since it lacks enough words and tone and timber to sometimes get across the true emotions in the message.  Thanks for the post

Feb 02, 2012 03:32 PM #1
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Margaret, when I first saw this I wasn't sure why you re-blogged this. This is amazing and I am so happy that I went through and saw the whole thing. I have never seen this list and it is so cool. Thank You so much for sharing this. 

Feb 02, 2012 03:33 PM #2
Elizabeth Straessle, MRP
All American Home Source Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
~Military Spouse~ AllAmericanHomeSourceRealty.co

Wow! I knew there were a lot of smiley faces but I never knew there was this many. It might be confusing if you were sent one of these and didn't know what it meant. Fun post :-)

Feb 02, 2012 03:36 PM #3
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Mary, Just need time to figure them all out. A cheat sheet like this is helpful.

William, Had never seen this list and I needed a reblog for the BIG contest. >-)

Elizabeth, I never knew there were so many.

Feb 03, 2012 01:18 PM #4
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