Emoticons are little text representations of emotions that you find in email, chat rooms, and IM’s. When you talk to someone, they can tell what you mean by the tone of your voice or the look on your face. For example, maybe someone says something like, “Why are you so annoying?”
Now, if they say it while they’re laughing, you know that it’s just lighthearted humor. If they say it with a bit of anger in their voice, you realize that it’s probably time to back off.
Problem is, when I wrote that, you had no clue which direction I was going with it. Was I mad or joking?
Well, if I write it like this, you know:
Why are you so annoying
See? So, here’s a list of the more common emoticons that you’ll run across:
|Smiley face w/ a nose|
|Sad face w/ a nose|
|Not laughing or bored|
|(::()::)||Band aid – offering help|
|:-X||Lips are sealed|
|)||Can’t stop talking|
|:~\||Mixed up, confused|
|*<|:-)||Clown or Santa Clause|
Some browsers will automatically display some of these as graphics. If you see a yellow smiley face, there is actually a series of characters that are being translated to create it in your browser.
There are tons more to be found floating around the internet. So, express yourself and have fun.