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Emoticons and E-mail Shorthand at UselessKnowledge.com Emoticons and E-mail Shorthand

Smileys are tiny pictures made from ordinary ASCII characters that are meant to be looked at with the head tilted to the left.

Smileys came about when e-mail correspondents felt the need to convey emotional content such as sarcasm, laughter and other feelings as part of their messages.

Without smileys, simple statements could easily be misinterpreted:

You're an idiot! :-)

Sometime during 1981, Scott Fahlman, who is now a Principle Research Scientist in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, devised a scheme for encoding and conveying one's feelings as small text "glyphs" to overcome this frustration.

Scott was the first to use smileys in electronic mail and in posts to BBS message boards and Internet newsgroups, as well as in personal e-mail.

The Emoticons
:-) - Humor
:-) (-: - Masking theatrical comments
:-T - Keeping a straight face (tight-lipped)
:-D - Said with a smile
:-> - Alternate happy face
:-) :-) :-) - Loud guffaw
:*) - Clowning around
:-? - Licking lips
%-} - Silly
:/) - Not funny
:-" - Pursing lips
:-r - Bleahhh (sticking tongue out)
:-f - Smirks
:-p - Smirks
:-1 - Smirks
:-, - Smirks
:-| - Disgusted
:-J - Tongue-in-cheek comments
:-! - Foot in mouth
:-$ - Put your money where your mouth is
:-D - Talks too much
:-I - Chewing on bone
%&$%& - You know what that means...
:-P - Shouting
:-y - Shouting
:-o - Shouting
:-( - Unhappy
:-c - Real unhappy
(:-& - Anger
(:^( - Broken nose
(:<) - Blabber mouth
?-( - Black eye
%-) - Broken glasses
:-b - Tongue stuck out
:-p - Left-handed tongue stuck out
>--->---(@ - A rose
||*( - Handshake offered
||*) - Handshake accepted
:-x - Kiss kiss
o= - A burning candle to start a flame
~= - Flaming message
-= - A doused candle to end a flame
|-<> - Kissy face
[] - Hug
(-_-) - Secret smile
'-) - Wink
;-) - Say no more; nudge, nudge
:-* - Oops! (Covering mouth with hand)
:-# - Censored
:-8 - Talking out both sides of your mouth
>:> - Leer
:-X - Not saying a word
(:-... - Heart-breaking message...
:-o - "Oh, noooooo!" (a la Mr. Bill)
#:-o - Same as previous
...---... - S.O.S.
:-< - Forlorn
|-( - Late night messages
(:-$ - Ill
(:-( - Sad
%- - Hung over
:~/ - All mixed up
#-) - Another all-night partier
:-'| - With a cold
%+{ - Loser in a fight
( ) - You're kidding!
<:-O - Eeek!
:-C - Unbelieving (jaw dropped)
:-(*) - About to vomit
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E-mail Shorthand
2U2 - To You, Too
AAMOF - As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AFAIC - As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAICT - As Far As I Can Tell
AFK - Away From Keyboard
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
BAK - Back At Keyboard
BBL - Be Back Later
BITMT - But In The Meantime
BOT - Back On Topic
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By the way
C4N - Ciao For Now
CRS - Can't Remember "Stuff"
CU - See You
CUL(8R) - See You Later
CWOT - Complete Waste Of Time
CYA - See Ya
DIY - Do It Yourself
EOD - End Of Discussion
EZ - Easy
F2F - Face To Face
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FBOW - For Better Or Worse
FOAF - Friend Of A Friend
FOCL - Falling Off Chair Laughing
FWIW - For What It's Worth
FYA - For Your Amusement
FYI - For Your Information
/ga - Go Ahead
GAL - Get A Life
GBTW - Get Back To Work
GFC - Going For Coffee
GFETE - Grinning From Ear To Ear
GMTA - Great minds think alike
GR&D - Grinning, Running & Ducking
GTG - Got To Go
GTGTTBR - Got To Go To The Bathroom
GTRM - Going To Read Mail
HAND - Have A Nice Day
HHOK - Ha Ha Only Kidding
HTH - Hope This Helps
IAC - In Any Case
IAE - In Any Event
IC - I See
IDGI - I Don't Get It
IMCO - In My Considered Opinion
IMHO - In my humble opinion
IMNSHO - in My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
IMPE - In My Personal Experience
IMVHO - In My Very Humble Opinion
IOW - In Other Words
IRL - In Real Life
ISP - Internet Service Provider
IYKWIM - If You Know What I Mean
JIC - Just In Case
J/K - Just kidding
KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
L8TR - Later
LD - Later dude
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
LTNS - Long Time No See
MorF - Male or Female, or person who asks that question
MTCW - My Two Cents Worth
NRN - No Reply Necessary
ONNA - Oh No, Not Again!
OTOH - On The Other Hand
OTTOMH - Off the top of my head
OIC - Oh I See
OTF - On The Floor
OLL - Online Love
PLS - Please
PU - That Stinks!
REHI - Hello Again (re-Hi!)
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROTF - Rolling On The Floor
ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
RSN - Real Soon Now
RTDox - Read The Documentation/Directions
RTFM - Read The Frickin' Manual
RUOK - Are You OK?
SNAFU - Situation Normal; All Fouled Up
SO - Significant Other
SOL - Smiling Out Loud (or Sh*t Out of Luck)
TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TAFN - That's All For Now
TEOTWAWKI - The End Of The World As We Know It
THX - Thanks
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TLK2UL8R - Talk to you later
TMK - To My Knowledge
TOS - Terms Of Service
TPTB - The Powers That Be
TSWC - Tell Someone Who Cares
TTBOMK - To The Best Of My Knowledge
TTFN - Ta-Ta For Now
TTYL(8R) - Talk To You Later
TWIMC - To Whom It May Concern
Txs - Thanks
URL - Web Page Address
w/b - Welcome Back
w/o - Without
WRT - With Regard To
WTG - Way To Go
WU? - What's Up?
WWW - World Wide Web
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get
Y2K - Year 2000
YGIAGAM - Your Guess Is As Good As Mine
YGWYPF - You Get What You Pay For
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
ZZZ - Sleeping

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