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The Unofficial Smiley Dictionary

Posted Tuesday, March 1, 2005

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This "Unofficial Smiley Dictionary" is only one of many different collections by various "editors" you'll come across at many places on the Internet and even a complete booklet has been written on smileys and is available as:

David W. Sanderson (ed.), "Smileys", O'Reilly & Associates,
Sebastopol, CA. 93 pages. ISBN 1-56592-041-4. Price $5.95 (US).

Basic Smileys

* :-) Your basic smiley. This smiley is used to inflect a sarcastic or joking statement since we can't hear voice inflection over e-mail.

* ;-) Winky smiley. User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark. More of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smiley.

* :-( Frowning smiley. User did not like that last statement or is upset or depressed about something.

* :-I Indifferent smiley. Better than a `:-(' but not quite as good as a `:-)'.

* :-> User just made a really biting sarcastic remark. Worse than a `;-)'.

* >:-> User just made a really devilish remark.

* >;-> Winky and devil combined. A very lewd remark was just made.

Widely used Smileys

* (-: User is left handed.

* %-) User has been staring at a green screen for 15 hours straight.

* :*) User is drunk.

* [:] User is a robot.

* 8-) User is wearing sunglasses.

* B:-) Sunglasses on head.

* ::-) User wears normal glasses.

* B-) User wears horn-rimmed glasses.

* 8:-) User is a little girl.

* :-)-8 User is a Big girl.

* :-{) User has a mustache.

* :-{} User wears lipstick.

* {:-) User wears a toupee.

* }:-( Toupee in an updraft.

* :-[ User is a vampire.

* :-E Bucktoothed vampire.

* :-F Bucktoothed vampire with one tooth missing.

* :-7 User juust made a wry statement.

* :-* User just ate something sour.

* :-)~ User drools.

* :-~) User has a cold.

* :'-( User is crying.

* :'-) User is so happy, s/he is crying.

* :-@ User is screaming.

* :-# User wears braces.

* :^) User has a broken nose.

* :v) User has a broken nose, but it's the other way.

* :_) User's nose is sliding off of his face.

* :<) User is from an Ivy League School.

* :-& User is tongue tied.

* =:-) User is a hosehead.

* -:-) User is a punk rocker.

* -:-( Real punk rockers don't smile.

* :=) User has two noses.

* +-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office.

* `:-) User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning.

* ,:-) Same thing...other side.

* |-I User is asleep.

* |-O User is yawning/snoring.

* :-Q User is a smoker.

* :-? User smokes a pipe.

* O-) Megaton Man On Patrol! (or else, user is a scuba diver)

* O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least).

* :-` User spitting out its chewing tobacco.

* :-S User just made an incoherent statement.

* :-D User is laughing (at you!)

* :-X User's lips are sealed.

* :-C User is really bummed.

* <|-) User is Chinese.

* <|-( User is Chinese and doesn't like these kind of jokes.

* :-/ User is skeptical.

* C=:-) User is a chef.

* @= User is pro-nuclear war.

* *<:-) User is wearing a Santa Claus Hat.

* :-o Uh oh!

* (8-o It's Mr. Bill!

* *:o) And Bozo the Clown!

* 3:] Pet smiley.

* 3:[ Mean Pet smiley.

* d8= Your pet beaver is wearing goggles and a hard hat.

* E-:-) User is a Ham radio operator.

* :-9 User is licking his/her lips.

* %-6 User is braindead.

* [:-) User is wearing a walkman.

* (:I User is an egghead.

* <:-I User is a dunce.

* K:P User is a little kid with a propeller beenie.

* @:-) User is wearing a turban.

* :-0 No Yelling! (Quiet Lab)

* :-: Mutant smiley; the invisible smiley.

* .-) User only has one eye.

* ,-) Ditto...but he's winking.

* X-( User just died.

* 8 :-) User is a wizard.

* -=* :-) User is a TeX wizard.

Midget Smileys

A lot of these can be typed without noses to make midget smileys.

* :) Midget smiley.

* :] Gleep...a friendly midget smiley who will gladly be your friend.

* =) Variation on a theme...

* :} What should we call these? (what?)

* :) Happy.

* :> What?

* :@ What?

* :D Laughter.

* :I Hmmm...

* :( Sad.

* :[ Real Downer.

* :< What?

* :{ What?

* :O Yelling.

* :C What?

* :Q What?

* :,( Crying.

* [] Hugs and ...

* :* Kisses.

* |I Asleep.

* ^o Snoring.

Mega Smileys

* C=}>;*{)) A drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an updraft, a mustache, and a double chin.

* }:^#}) Updrafted bushy-mustached pointy nosed smiley with a double-chin.

Usenet Smileys

In some Usenet articles you might also find these smileys which form a certain "dialect" developed and used in this most creative environment.

* ~~:-( Net.flame

* O |-) Net.religion

* 8 :-I Net.unix-wizards

* X-( Net.suicide

* E-:-I Net.ham-radio

Emotional Smileys

* :-) ha ha

* |-) hee hee

* |-D ho ho

* :-> hey hey

* :-( boo hoo

* :-I hmmm

* :-O oops

* :-P nyahhhh!

 
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