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Chat Abbreviations

Happy, smiling, laughing                
Teasing, mischievous                     
Unhappy, sad                                    
Angry, sarcastic                              
Trying to communicate

 

HAPPY, SMILING, LAUGHING
  :-)     smiling; agreeing                  
  :-D    laughing                                   
  |-)      hee hee                                
  |-D    ho ho                                    
  :->     hey hey    
  ;-)      so happy, I'm crying
  :'-)     crying with joy
  \~/     full glass; my glass is full     
    
TEASING, MISCHIEVOUS
  ;-)      winking; just kidding     
  '-)       winking; just kidding
  ;->     devilish wink
  :*)      clowning
  :-T      keeping a straight face               
   
AFFIRMING, SUPPORTING
  :^D    "Great! I like it!"
  8-]     "Wow, maaan"
  :-o     "Wow!"   
  ^5      high five
  ^        thumbs up
  :]       Gleep, a friendly midget who wants
              to befriend you    
  (::()::)   bandaid; offering help or support

UNHAPPY, SAD          
  :-(    frowning; boo hoo                             
  :(      sad                                        
  :-<    really sad          
  :-c    really unhappy    
  :-C   really bummed 
  &-|   tearful
  :'      crying
  :'-(   crying and really sad
  :-|     grim
  :[      really down
  :-[     pouting
  \_/    "my glass is empty"

ANGRY, SARCASTIC
 >:-<   angry
 :-||      angry
 :-@    screaming
 :-V     shouting
 :-r      sticking tongue out
 >:-<   absolutely livid!!
 :-,      smirk
 :-P     nyahhhh!
 :->     bitingly sarcastic

TRYING TO COMMUNICATE
 :-&    tonguetied
 :-S     incoherent
 :-\      undecided
 :- I     "hmmm..."
 :-,      "hmmm "
 :-#     "My lips are sealed"
 :-X    "My lips are sealed"
 :-Y     a quiet aside
 :-"      pursing lips
 :-W    speaking with forked tongue
 :( )     can't stop talking

FEELING STUPID OR TIRED
  :~/     mixed up
 %-)    braindead
 (:I      egghead
 <:-I    dunce
 =:-)    hosehead
 :-]      smiling blockhead     
 :-[      un-smiling blockhead   
  |-O    yawning
 |-I      asleep
 :-6     exhausted; wipeout     

SURPRISED, INCREDULOUS, SKEPTICAL
 :>    What?
 :@   What?
 :Q    What?
 :-o   "uhh oh!" OR surprise
 ;-)     sardonic incredulity
 :O     shocked
 8-|    eyes wide with surprise
 :-/     skeptical
 8-O  "Omigod!!"
 :-C    just totally unbelieving
 |-{    "Good Grief!" (Charlie Brown)
 

HUGS AND KISSES
  : *      kisses
  :-X     a big wet kiss!
  :-x      kiss kiss
  :-{}    blowing a kiss
  []        hugs
  (( )):**    hugs and kisses
  ((((name))))   hug

MISCELLANEOUS
  :-*      Oops!
  :-I       indifferent
  \-o      bored
  :-P      tongue hanging out in anticipation
  O :-)   angelic; being an angel (at heart, at least)


NEW  EMOTICONS (by Tracy Marks):
  ][       feeling separate                        
  ] [      separating                         
  )  (     really separating             
  { }     face-to-face
  [ ]      wanting to hug
  }xx    kisses
  ()       feeling in harmony; connecting
  ] ?     moving away and wondering about you?
  [ ?     moving toward you and wondering about you?