What is an emoticon?
Well, if you’re a chatter or a texter, chances are you’ve seen ‘em. An emoticon is a textual representation of the writer’s mood through facial expression. Since we can’t see all important visual clues when chatting or texting, writers often punctuate their message with emoticons to clue the reader into the tone that they want to convey. They are often used to alert a responder to the tenor or temper of a statement, and can change and improve interpretation of plain text.
:^D =^* :p @:->
Traditional emoticons, like these happy guys above, are created when you enter a series of characters on your keyboard. Look at the first one… The colon : represents the eyes, the carrot ^ is the nose, and the capital D forms the mouth of this approving face. If you don’t see it, try turning your head to the left. In the last example above, the emoticon could represent a smiling man with quaffed hair, or a flower that you want to send to a loved one. There are endless combinations of fun characters that you can make from emoticons. Some have specific meanings, others are left more open to interpretation.
From the outlandish (8(|) – Homer Simpson, to the everyday – Laughing, emoticons are everywhere. IOHO, ComputerUser.Com has put together a very extensive emoticon dictionary that should be able to answer all of your emoticon needs. Below is just a sample of the over 200 emoticons we have listed in our dictionary…