Also known as “smileys” although some of them are not smiling! Created with punctuation marks and intended to be viewed ‘sideways’ to represent little faces. People have invented dozens of the things, but we suggest you keep your enthusiasm under control and limit yourselves to the following commonly understood emoticons.
or Happy > add this to signify you made a joke
or Winking – Sarcasm > add this to signify you don’t really mean what you just wrote
or Unhappy > express your dislike of whatever you just wrote about
Resigned > if you’re not sure how to react to something, this might do it
:-/ Similar to the “Resigned” sign; perplexed (?)
:-\ I’m undecided
8-# I’m dead
There are also a few “non-smileys”.
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