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The Language of Emails and Texts, Some of the Most Usual Chat Acronyms and Shortcuts.

The Language of e-mails and texts

Ever wondered what those funny signs are some people use in their emails?  Apparently it is a way of introducing some emotions into the message – O.K. so long as the recipient understands them!

It is some time since I created this page and, as I have no experience of texting etc., I am not sure if these are still relevant but they still provide a bit of fun.

Here’s a quick guide to some of the basic chat acronyms and emotions:-

🙂Original smiley
🙂Classic smiley
🙁Frown
😉Wink
😀Laughing out loud
:-OAmazement
}:-sConfusion  (Donna)
:-S
:-QTongue hanging out in nausea
😛Sticking tongue out
:-*Sent with a kiss
:-{)User has moustache
:-{)}User has moustache and beard
&:-)User has curly hair
:*)Red Nosed smile (in other words drunk)
😎Wears glasses
Xo)Feels bashful
};-)>A saucy or knowing wink

 

I must admit it all seems very strange to me – I am sure it must be easier to write “I have curly hair, moustache and beard and also wear glasses” instead of –

I have &:-) :-{)} and also 8-).


MORE SHORTHAND AND ACRONYMS USED IN TEXTS AND EMAILS

I am sure there are many more, if you know of any let us know!

AND THERE WAS, SO MUCH SO I HAVE JUST COPIED ALL THOSE SENT IN, SORRY IF THERE ARE DUPLICATIONS!!!!

 List 1 – Thanks to Paul

🙂

smile

🙂

smile (with a nose)

:o)

another smile

 😀

smile/laughing/big grin

😐

grim face

<g>

grin

<vbg>

very big grin

<eg>

evil grin

<wg>

wicked grin

 :*

kiss

 😉

wink

 :X

my lips are sealed

 😛

sticking out tongue

 {}

a hug

{{{{{{{  }}}}}}}

lots of hugs

 🙁

frown

 :'(

crying

 O:)

angel

‘:)

raising one eyebrow

,:)

raising other eyebrow

8^[

stuck up and fed up

 }:>

devil

>:-{

hurt and angry

 :-`

hint of a smile

:-@

not feeling too great

:-!

used unrepeatable language

<——

referring to yourself

<~~~

another way of referring to yourself

$)

I love money

:-&

tongue-tied

<|:-)

witch

:-)x(-:

kiss

( ‘}{‘ ))

boy and girl kissing


And from the world of fashion...

8~)

smiley with sunglasses

:o#)

man with a moustache

:-)}

man with beard

?;-(

bad hair day

{:-)

toupee

?:?(

punk smiley

*<):-)

clown


Then there are those all-important references to beverages:

(_)? [_]?

coffee or tea

c[[]]

a pint of beer


A category we’ll call, simply, wildlife:

>^,,^<

a cat

<:3 )~

mouse

/(oo)/

spider

<><

a small fish

<(((><

a big fish

@( *o* )@

koala

^~~}}}}>:

scorpion

~^~^~^~8>~

snake

><*.*><

crab

####@#####

centipede in a sombrero

@—>—>—

a rose

@—}—}—–

another rose

The rich and famous:

:~]

Tony Blair

?:?(

punk smiley

(8V)

Pacman

@(-_-)@

Princess Leia

(_8(|)

Homer Simpson

@@@@8 (|)

Marge Simpson

Miscellaneous:

invisible man
<0{ o}=o}=o}=o}=o}=>
/    /
/    /    /
boat race

<3

a heart

(:::[]:::)

Band Aid

List 2 – Thanks to anonymous contributor

Fun Smileys

_O-)

Aquanaut

  :=8)

Baboon

  @:-]

Baby

  =:-)

Bad hair day

  (:-)

Bald

  :o)

Boxer’s nose

  *:o)

Bozo the Clown

  :-{#}

Braces

  :-E

Bucktoothed Vampire

  :-F

Bucktoothed Vampire with one tooth missing

  cl:-=

Charlie Chaplin

  C=:-)

Chef

  %-)

Cross-eyed

  O-)

Cyclops

  #-)

Dead

  <:-)

Dunce’s hat

  }:->

The Devil

  :-[

Dracula

  :-3

Has eaten a lemon

  <<<<(:-)

Hat salesman

  (-:

Left-handed smiley

  8:-)

Little girl

  :-{}

Lipstick

  :-.)

Madonna or Marilyn Monroe

  (8-o

Mr. Bill

  :<) or :-{

Moustache

  .-)

One-eyed

  :@)

Pig

  😕

Pipe smoker

  P-)

Pirate

  K:P

Propeller beenie

  =:-I

Punk Rocker

  [:]

Robot

  *<-:-{{{

Santa

  *<;{o>

Santa

  (:)-)

Scuba-diving

  .^)

Side view

  :-Q

Smoking

  ?-(

Sorry, I don’t know what went wrong

  %-)

Stared too long at monitor

  B:-)

Sunglasses on head

  😎

Swimmer

  =|:-)=

Uncle Sam or Abe Lincoln

  X-)

Unconscious

  [:-)

Wearing a Walkman

  {:-)

Wig

Emoticons

 0:) or 0:-)

Angel

  :II or :-II

Angry

  :@ or :-@

Angry or screaming

  >:-(

Angry, annoyed

  |-I

Asleep

  ;)=) or ;-)=)

Big grin

  :1 or :-1

Bland face

  😮 or 😮

Bored

  :c or :-c

Bummed out

  :'( or :’-)

Crying/sad

  :> or :->

Devilish grin

  :6 or :-6

Eating something sour

  }) or }-)

Evil

  :] or :-]

Friendly

  🙁 or 🙁

Frowning

  :/ or :-/

Frustrated

  8) or 😎

Glasses

  😀 or 😀

Grinning

  { }

Hug

  :*) or :-*)

Kiss

  😡 or 😡

Kissing

  :))) or :-)))

Laughing or double chin

  :.) or :.-)

Laughing tears

  :$ or :-$

Mouth wired shut

  :X or :-X

Mute

  :l or :-I

Not talking

  :Y or :-Y

Quiet aside

  :[ or :-[

Real downer

  :< or :-<

Sad

  :> or:->

Sarcastic

  B) or B-)

Shades

  =:) or =:-)

Shocked

  :Z or :-Z

Sleeping

  🙂 or 🙂

Smiling

  :O or :-O

Surprised

  :() or :-()

Talking

  😛 or 😛

Tongue out

  :& or :-&

Tongue-tied

  I) or I-)

Trekkie

  :^(

Unhappy, looking away

  😉 or 😉

Winking

  :} or :-}

Wry smile

Fun Butties
(i.e. Bottoms not sandwiches)
Contributed by John Christensen
(no offence intended)
(_._)Normal butt
(__.__)Wide butt
(_*_)Sore butt
(_$_)Rich *******
(_._)(___.___)(__.__)Finnish sauna

 

A really comprehensive list of chat acronyms can be found here.

WOW – IT’S A DIFFERENT WORLD ISN’T IT??????

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