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The Language of e-mails and texts

Ever wondered what those funny signs are some people use in their emails?  Apparently it is a way of introducing some emotions into the message - O.K. so long as the recipient understands them!

It is some time since I created this page and, as I have no experience of texting etc., I am not sure if these are still relevant but they still provide a bit of fun.

Here's a quick guide to some of the basic chat acronyms and emotions:-

:) Original smiley
:-) Classic smiley
:-( Frown
;-) Wink
:-D Laughing out loud
:-O Amazement
}:-s Confusion  (Donna)
:-S
:-Q Tongue hanging out in nausea
:-P Sticking tongue out
:-* Sent with a kiss
:-{) User has moustache
:-{)} User has moustache and beard
&:-) User has curly hair
:*) Red Nosed smile (in other words drunk)
8-) Wears glasses
Xo) Feels bashful
};-)> A saucy or knowing wink

I must admit it all seems very strange to me - I am sure it must be easier to write "I have curly hair, moustache and beard and also wear glasses" instead of -

I have &:-) :-{)} and also 8-).

MORE SHORTHAND AND ACRONYMS USED IN TEXTS AND EMAILS

I am sure there are many more, if you know of any let us know!

AND THERE WAS, SO MUCH SO I HAVE JUST COPIED ALL THOSE SENT IN, SORRY IF THERE ARE DUPLICATIONS!!!!

 List 1 - Thanks to Paul

:)                              

smile

:-)                             

smile (with a nose)

:o)                             

another smile

 :D                             

smile/laughing/big grin 

:-|                              

grim face

<g>                          

grin

<vbg>                      

very big grin

<eg>                       

evil grin

<wg>                        

wicked grin

 :*                            

kiss 

 ;)                             

wink 

 :X                        

my lips are sealed 

 :P                             

sticking out tongue 

 {}                           

a hug 

{{{{{{{  }}}}}}}   

lots of hugs

 :(                              

frown 

 :'(                             

crying 

 O:)                         

angel 

':)                              

raising one eyebrow

,:)                              

raising other eyebrow

8^[                         

stuck up and fed up

 }:>                         

devil

>:-{                       

hurt and angry

 :-`                          

hint of a smile

:-@                           

not feeling too great

:-!                            

used unrepeatable language

<------                      

referring to yourself

<~~~                        

another way of referring to yourself

$)             

I love money

:-&                             

tongue-tied

<|:-)                           

witch

:-)x(-:                        

kiss

( '}{' ))                     

boy and girl kissing

And from the world of fashion...

8~)                       

smiley with sunglasses

:o#)                      

man with a moustache

:-)}                     

man with beard

;-(                      

bad hair day

{:-)                        

toupee

:(                       

punk smiley

*<):-)                     

clown

Then there are those all-important references to beverages:

(_)? [_]?                     

coffee or tea

c[[]]                            

a pint of beer

A category we'll call, simply, 'wildlife':

>^,,^<                         

a cat

<:3 )~                           

mouse

/\(oo)/\                          

spider

<><                              

a small fish

<(((><                            

a big fish

@( *o* )@                     

koala

^~~}}}}>:                      

scorpion

~^~^~^~8>~                 

snake

><*.*><                          

crab

####@#####                 

centipede in a sombrero

@--->--->---                  

a rose

@---}---}-----                 

another rose

The rich and famous:

:~]                                     

Tony Blair

:(                                  

punk smiley

(8V)                                

Pacman

@(-_-)@                         

Princess Leia

(_8(|)                                 

Homer Simpson

@@@@8 (|)                    

Marge Simpson

Miscellaneous:

                                        

invisible man

    \    \     \    \    \
<0{ o}=o}=o}=o}=o}=>             /    /     /    /    /

boat race

<3                                    

a heart

(:::[]:::)                               

Band Aid

 

 

 


List 2 - Thanks to anonymous contributor

Fun Smileys
 

_O-)

Aquanaut

  :=8)

Baboon

  @:-]

Baby

  =:-)

Bad hair day

  (:-)

Bald

  :o)

Boxer's nose

  *:o)

Bozo the Clown

  :-{#}

Braces

  :-E

Bucktoothed Vampire

  :-F

Bucktoothed Vampire with one tooth missing

  cl:-=

Charlie Chaplin

  C=:-)

Chef

  %-)

Cross-eyed

  O-)

Cyclops

  #-)

Dead

  <:-)

Dunce's hat

  }:->

The Devil

  :-[

Dracula

  :-3

Has eaten a lemon

  <<<<(:-)

Hat salesman

  (-:

Left-handed smiley

  8:-)

Little girl

  :-{}

Lipstick

  :-.) 

Madonna or Marilyn Monroe

  (8-o

Mr. Bill

  :<) or :-{

Moustache

  .-)

One-eyed

  :@)

Pig

  :-?

Pipe smoker

  P-)

Pirate

  K:P

Propeller beenie

  =:-I

Punk Rocker

  [:]

Robot

  *<-:-{{{

Santa

  *<;{o> 

Santa

  (:)-)

Scuba-diving

  .^)

Side view

  :-Q

Smoking

  ?-(

Sorry, I don't know what went wrong

  %-)

Stared too long at monitor

  B:-)

Sunglasses on head

  8-)

Swimmer

  =|:-)= 

Uncle Sam or Abe Lincoln

  X-)

Unconscious

  [:-)

Wearing a Walkman

  {:-)

Wig

Emoticons

 0:) or 0:-)

Angel

  :II or :-II

Angry

  :@ or :-@

Angry or screaming

  >:-(

Angry, annoyed

  |-I

Asleep

  ;)=) or ;-)=)

Big grin

  :1 or :-1

Bland face

  :o or :-o

Bored

  :c or :-c

Bummed out

  :'( or :'-)

Crying/sad

  :> or :->

Devilish grin

  :6 or :-6

Eating something sour

  }) or }-)

Evil

  :] or :-]

Friendly

  :( or :-(

Frowning

  :/ or :-/

Frustrated

  8) or 8-)

Glasses

  :D or :-D

Grinning

  { }

Hug

  :*) or :-*)

Kiss

  :x or :-x

Kissing

  :))) or :-))) 

Laughing or double chin

  :.) or :.-)

Laughing tears

  :$ or :-$

Mouth wired shut

  :X or :-X

Mute

  :l or :-I

Not talking

  :Y or :-Y

Quiet aside

  :[ or :-[

Real downer

  :< or :-<

Sad

  :> or:->

Sarcastic

  B) or B-)

Shades

  =:) or =:-)

Shocked

  :Z or :-Z

Sleeping

  :) or :-)

Smiling

  :O or :-O

Surprised

  :() or :-()

Talking

  :P or :-P

Tongue out

  :& or :-&

Tongue-tied

  I) or I-)

Trekkie

  :^(

Unhappy, looking away

  ;) or ;-)

Winking

  :} or :-}

Wry smile

Fun Butties
(i.e. Bottoms not sandwiches)
Contributed by John Christensen (no offence intended)
(_._) Normal butt
(__.__) Wide butt
(_*_) Sore butt
(_$_) Rich *******
(_._)(___.___)(__.__) Finnish sauna

A really comprehensive list of chat acronyms can be found here.

WOW - IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD ISN'T IT??????

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