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The Unofficial Emoticons AKA Smilies,ASCII-grams Dictionary:

The emoticon is a cute little symbol, made from regular ASCII keyboard
characters, that you can see by cocking your head all the way to the left.
Emoticons are also called Smilies and ASCII-grams.

Use them if you want. Emoticons remind me of dotting your screen with happy
faces. On the other hand, they can sometimes say more than a thousand

Most emoticons consist of three stages, assembled from left to right:

: Ocular Construct

- Nasal Construct

) Oral Construct

The stages are assembled like this:

:-) Im happy

The first class of emoticons depict human or humanoid faces.

Normally they re used to comment on the mental, emotional, or physical
state of the sender or receiver.

:-o Wow!

:-c Real unhappy

#-) Blotto from all night drinking

:-| Grim

:-C Just totally unbelieving

:= | Baboon

:-B Drooling

:-v Speaking

:-, Smirk

:-V Shout

:-|| Anger

:-w Speak with forked tongue

:-) Smiling

:-r Sticking tongue out

:-( Frowning

:-* Oops!

'-) Wink

:-T Keeping a straight face

;-) Sardonic Incredulity

:-D Said with a smile

%-<I> Drunk with laughter

:-x Kiss kiss

:-" Pursing lips

:-[ Pouting

:-# My lips are sealed

:-X A big wet kiss!

:-P Tongue hanging out in anticipation

:-Y A quiet aside

8-| Eyes wide with surprise

>-< Absolutely livid!!

&-| Tearful

|-{ "Good Grief!" (Charlie Brown?)

:-} "Thish wine tashted pretty good"

8-] "wow, maaan"

8-O "Omigod!!" (done after "rm -rf *" ?)

:-, "Hmmmm "

|~( "Someone just busted my nose"

:^D "Great! I like it!"

B-D "Serves you right, dummy!!"


:-) Your basic smiley This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic or

joking statement since we can't hear voice inflection over Unix

;-) Winky smiley User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark

More of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smiley

:-( Frowning smiley User did not like that last statement or is upset

or depressed about something

:-I Indifferent smiley Better than a Frowning smilie but not quite as

good as a happy smiley

:-> User just made a really biting sarcastic remark Worse than a :-)

>:-> User just made a really devilish remark

>;-> Winky and devil combined A very lewd remark was just made


Those are the basic ones. Here are some somewhat less common


(-: User is left handed

%-) User has been staring at a green screen for 15 hours straight

:*) User is drunk

[:] User is a robot

8-) User is wearing sunglasses

B:-) Sunglasses on head

::-) User wears normal glasses

B-) User wears horn-rimmed glasses

8:-) User is a little girl

:-)-8 User is a Big girl

:-{) User has a mustache

:-{} User wears lipstick

{:-) User wears a toupee

}:-( Toupee in an updraft

:-[ User is a Vampire

:-E Bucktoothed vampire

:-F Bucktoothed vampire with one tooth missing

:-7 User just made a wry statement

:-* User just ate something sour

;-( User is crying

;-) User is so happy, s/he is crying

:-@ User is screaming

:-# User wears braces

:^) User has a broken nose

:<) User is from an Ivy League School

:-& User is tongue tied

+-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office

`:-) User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning

,:-) Same thing other side

|-I User is asleep

|-O User is yawning/snoring

:-Q User is a smoker

:-? User smokes a pipe

O-) Megaton Man On Patrol! (or else, user is a scuba diver)

O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least)

:-P Nyahhhh!

:-S User just made an incoherent statement

:-D User is laughing (at you!)

:-X User's lips are sealed

:-C User is really bummed

:-/ User is skeptical

C=:-) User is a chef

@= User is pro-nuclear war

*<:-) User is wearing a Santa Claus Hat

:-o Uh oh!

(8-o it's Mr Bill!

*:o) And Bozo the Clown!

3:] Pet smiley

3:[ Mean Pet smiley

d8= Your pet beaver is wearing goggles and a hard hat

E-:-) User is a Ham radio operator

:-9 User is licking his/her lips

%-6 User is braindead

[:-) User is wearing a walkman

(:I User is an egghead

<:-I User is a dunce

K:P User is a little kid with a propeller beenie

@:-) User is wearing a turban

:-0 No Yelling! (Quiet Lab)

:-: Mutant Smiley

The invisible smiley

-) User only has one eye

-) Ditto but he's winking

X-( User just died

C=}>;*{O) Mega-Smiley A drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an

updraft, a mustache, and a double chin

Note: A lot of these can be typed without noses to make midget


:] - Gleep a friendly midget smiley who will gladly be your friend

:) - Happy

:> - hmm, let me think

:D - Laughter

:I - Hmmm, not funny!

:( - Sad

:[ - Real Downer

:< - what pretences!

:{ - oh boy, the headmaster!

:O - Yelling

;( - Crying

:* - Kisses

:-` smiley spitting out its chewing tobacco

:-1 smiley bland face

:-! "

:-$ smiley face with it's mouth wired shut

:-6 smiley after eating something sour

8-) smiley swimmer

:-* smiley after eating something bitter

:-& smiley which is tongue-tied

:-0 smiley orator

(:-( unsmiley frowning

=:-) smiley punk-rocker

=:-( (real punk rockers don't smile)

+-:-) smiley priest

:-o smiley singing national anthem

:-p smiley sticking its tongue out (at you!)

:-[ un-smiley blockhead

:-] smiley blockhead

:-{ smiley variation on a theme

:-} ditto

{:-) smiley with its hair parted in the middle

}:-) above in an updraft

g-) smiley with pince-nez glasses

:-\ undecided smiley

:-/ lefty undecided smiley

:-| "have an ordinary day" smiley

;-) winking smiley

:-< real sad smiley

:-x "my lips are sealed" smiley

:-c bummed out smiley

:-v talking head smiley

:-? smilely smoking a pipe

0-) smiley cyclops (scuba diver?)

:< midget unsmiley

:> midget smiley

:-) ha ha

~~:-( net flame

|-) hee hee

|-D ho ho

:-> hey hey

:-( boo hoo

X-( net suicide

:-I hmm

:-O uh oh

>:-I net startrek

:-P nyah nyah

:) smiley

>:) a little devil

%-| been working all night

::-) wears glasses

}:-( bull headed

:-{) has a mustache

:-# braces

:-& tounge-tied

:-D big smile

C|:-= Charlie Chaplin

=|:-)= Abe Lincoln

:-W speak with forked tongue

:-@ "I swear"

:-X my lips are sealed

:-C really bummed out

C=:-) chef

*<:-) Santa Claus

:-O Mr Bill

*:o) Bozo

|-P yuk

:*) Ed McMahon

[:-) wearing a walkman

:-)) double chin

:-7 smokes a pipe

C:# football player

:-)8 man with bowtie

:-() I stubbed my toe

:-( ) You stepped on my toe

:-( ) You backed your car over my toe

A second class of emoticons depicts (largely) inanimate objects:

@>->- A rose given as a peace offering

2B l^ 2B to be or not to be?BR>

:- Male

>- Female

8 Infinity

3:o[ net pets

%\v Picasso

[] - Hugs and

Then there are the large emoticons such as the cat:


: *>


Or a cow:




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Or Bart Simpson:

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Now here are some abbreviations you may often see:

CIS = Consumer Information Service (of CompuServe)

RTFM = Read the, uh, Friggin' Manual

PITA = Pain in the "acronym"

BTW = By the way

BFN = Bye, for now

TSR = Terminate and Stay Resident program

OTOH = On the other hand

OTTH = On the third hand

FWIW = For what it's worth

RSN = Real Soon Now

WYSIWYG = What you see is what you get

PPN = Programmer Project Number. Ie, a CIS user's ID#.

OIC = Oh, I see!

IMHO = In my humble opinion [the speaker is never humble]

IMCO = In my considered opinion

g,d&r = grinning, ducking, and running

OOTB = Out of the box