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Simple Emoticon/Text Emoji

Updated on April 21, 2016
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Emoticons are visual representations of a person's mood or feelings using keys on a keyboard. In the faceless world of the internet these little icons are necessary to add humanness qualities to otherwise robotic words. They also help make sure that things being written are not taking in a different tone than the author intended. For example:

Perhaps my husband texts me this message, "I have something to tell you..."

Without any indication to the tone, me being the worrywart that I am, I'm going to automatically think it's something bad.

However if he writes, "I have something to tell you... :)" I'll know it's good news. Maybe a promotion, maybe something fun.

"I have something to tell you... :(" Indicates something sad, or that he thinks he's going to be in trouble when he tells me.

"I have something to tell you... :/" Implies I'm probably going to be disappointed with the news.

"I have something to tell you... ;)" Tells me he's cooking up some special surprise for us.

See, with just the small addition of a few extra characters the meaning of what is written can completely change.

A brief history of emoticons

1881 - a chart of vertical typographic emoticons is published in Puck magazine.

1963 - Harvey Ball the "smiley face," which soon becomes a cultural icon.

1982 - On September 19th, 1982, Scott Fahlman suggests that :-) and :-( should be used for joking and for serious matters. This is the first documented account of the use of emoticons.

Since that day emoticons have evolved into many different emotions, expressions, and styles.

Here is a list of various types of emoticons that are used all over the world.

Horizontal/Western Style

:) Smile/Happy

=) Alternative

:-) Alternative (with nose)

>:) Evil Grin

;) Wink

:') Tears of Joy

8) Glasses

:*) Kiss on the Cheek

:( Frown/Sad

>:( Angry Frown/Upset

:'( Crying

X( Eyes scrunched, really upset

:O Surprise

>:O Yelling

:P Raspberry/sticking tongue out/Silly

>:P Teasing

XP Really sticking tongue out in defiance

:3 Kitty Grin

>:3 Evil Kitty

:D Big smile

XD Belly laugh

D: Surprised (not good)/Disgusted

D:< Really mad

>:D Evil

There's so many more, but these are good for starters.

Vertical/Eastern Style

These don't follow the traditional western smiley look. There are literally thousands of these smileys and different countries (particularly in Asia) with different letters and keyboards have their own special emoticons. Altough this style of emoticon was popularized in Japan (especially with the creation of kaoani), it is widely used all over the world today. I'll start you off with a few.

(^_^) Happy/Smiling

^_^ Alternative

^.^ Alternative

^o^ Alternative

>^_^< Cat Whiskers

(._.) Blank face

(o_o) Surprised

(O_O) Scared/Astonished/Surprised

(O_o) Confused

>_> Shifty Eyes/Dishonest

>_< Annoyed/Frustrated

X_x Knocked out/Tired/Dead

@_@ Dizzy/Nerdy

T_T Crying

TT_TT Waterfall of Tears

T^T Crying with a pout

~_~ Irritated

*_* Starry-eyed Dreamer

-_- Squint

V_V Sad

b(^_^)d Thumbs Up

\(^o^)/ Cheering

(-_-") Annoyed


Here are a few emoticons that you can type that are not smiley faces but can be useful or fun (I apologize for the vulgar ones lol).

<3 Heart

</3 Broken Heart

(_|_) Butt/Digital Moon

nlm Flipping the bird/Middle finger

@#%$# Or any arrangement of symbols, used to indicate cursing.

(>'.')> Kirby/Little Ghost

Learn More Emoticons

This wikipedia page has an extended list of emoticons for you to learn.


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      Niki Selken 

      21 months ago

      If you want to know more about Emoji meanings, you can check my Emoji Dictionary:

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      Samantha Harris 

      5 years ago from New York

      No I did not grant him permission. Thank you for informing me, I'll go check it out.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      5 years ago from Manila

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      cool dude 

      5 years ago

      here's the best of em'

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      jokeing man haha :D 

      5 years ago

      why you say butt that (_l_)

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      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hello! nice hub! :)

      hope this complements your hub!


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