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Smiles have long become an essential attribute of communication on the Internet, and from there they migrated to SMS-correspondence and even to paper letters. Smilies help the writer to express emotions, give expressiveness to a dry text and soften particularly harsh statements. In this article, we will tell you what test smiles are and what they mean. In addition, you may be interested in the article What does it mean smiley, Smiley 3: what does it mean and What is xd? (Xd value).
Classic text emoticons
Standard text emoticons are formed from brackets and colons, are read from left to right (sometimes from right to left) and look like faces turned to the side. It is believed that the first to use brackets to express emotions in a printed text was suggested by Vladimir Nabokov, but in practice, smiles began to be used only in 1982.
Guessing what smiles written in the classical way mean is usually not difficult - just mentally flip them vertically so that the colon becomes the eyes, and the bracket (or what replaces it) is the mouth. We give the decoding of the most common emoticons.Notice that some people like to write them the other way around, so first they go “mouth”, and only then “eyes”, but the meaning of the emoticon does not change.
- :) :-) =) - this, of course, is a smile. One of its varieties is a cheerful wink, which is indicated by a semicolon -;) or ;-).
- : D :-D = D - no longer just a smile, but a laugh.
- x) XD - smile or laughter with closed eyes.
- : P: -P = P: p: -p: b: -b - another sign of fun: the interlocutor shows you the language.
- %)% -) - your interlocutor is pleasantly shocked and, as they say, “the roof went”. And% (% - (- a similar state, but with the oppositeemotional touch.
- : O: -O: 0: -0 is another way to express shock and extreme amazement.
- :( :-( = (- this is sadness, sadness.: '(:' - (= '(- no longer just sadness, but with tears.
- : /: \ express annoyance, chagrin or irritation.
- : [: - [- smiles that convey embarrassment. In addition, they can jokingly be used as an image of a fanged vampire.
- : *: - * = * - a way to remotely kiss the interlocutor.
- : 3: -3 = 3 - a funny smiley that looks like a cat's face, and it can express anything, from contentment to the desire to demonstrate that the source is “white and fluffy”.
What does the smile, written in the usual way from left to right (or right to left), is relatively easy to guess. But to decode Japanese emoticons you need some preparation (or a lot of experience watching anime, because such emoticons largely coincide with facial expressions typical for Japanese characters).
We explain the most popular Japanese emoticons. Note that sometimes they can be written in brackets, which denote a face, but many ignore brackets. Unlike the classic ones, you don’t need to mentally turn over the Japanese emoticons - they are already deployed in the right way.
- ^ _ ^ - is a smile, joy, fun. The longer the bottom line, the stronger the joy. Related icons can also be added to this smiley, for example ^ __ ^ / - this is a person who is happily waving his hand. A ^ _ is a wink.
- ^ o ^ expresses not just joy, but cheerful laughter.
- * _ * - emoticon to convey emotion, admiration, adoration, delight.
- o_o o_0 O_O - smiles, reflecting different degrees of amazement, surprise and perplexity.
- -_- conveys sadness, sadness, depression. A = _ = - tiredness, fatigue.
- T_T is a smile signifying tears.The longer the bottom line, the stronger the sobs. Sometimes another icon can be used instead - T ^ T.
- > _ <expresses anger or irritation.