Sunday, May 1, 2011

I'm Making May "Word Fun Month"

Smileys (or Smilies)
Smileys are a strange and fun Internet phenomenon, more correctly known as emoticons, which have the purpose of conveying emotion. They are used particularly in online chat rooms and in e-mails. 
There are no strict rules for composing smileys, and so numerous varieties have been invented and are in use. The principle is to create a face (viewed by tipping the head to the side) using standard keyboard characters and punctuation. 
A typical smiley would be constructed from a colon or equals sign for eyes, a hyphen or "O" as a nose, and a bracket forming the mouth. Examples of different happy smileys are shown below: 
:-)     : )     :o)     =O)
Not all smileys are smiley, though; here are some sad ones: 
:-(     :(     :0(     =o(
Here is a selection of other smileys with their meanings: 

:o)
happy
:o#
lips are sealed
:o(
sad
>:o|
frowning
;o)
winking
:o|
hmm
|oO
yawning
:o9
licking lips
: *
kiss
Xo)
cross eyed
:oP
sticking tongue out
(:o)
bald
:~(
crying
:o)>
has a beard
:oD
laughing
:o)'
drooling
(o:
left handed
8o)
wearing glasses

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