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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

C|:o)  wearing a bowler hat

 [:o)  wearing headphones

 

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