A List of Smileys and Abbreviations


Below I give a list of smileys and abbreviations used in informal letters and e-mails.

For more smileys and acronyms look at netlingo and Acronym Finder.


SMILEYS

,-}
wry and winking
,.'v
(profile) has short hair
,:-)
shaved his left eyebrow off this morning
,-)
only has one eye, but is winking; wry and winking happy smiley
!-(
black eye
!-|
"I-am-a-Cylon-Centurian-with-one-red-eye-bouncing-back-and-forth."
!.'v
(profile) flat top
#-)
dead; partied ALL night
#:-)
:-) done by someone with sort of matted hair
#:-0
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
#:-o
"Oh, nooooooo!" (a la Mr. Bill); smiley done by someone with matted hair
#:o+=
Betty Boop
$$
for academic jobs
$$$
for industrial jobs
$$$$
for people starting up their own company
$-)
yuppie smiley; won the Lottery; won big at Las Vegas; Alex P. Keaton (from "Family Ties")
%
for bike accidents (a bit far-fetched)
%')
after drinking a fifth for lunch
%*@:-(
hung over
%*}
very drunk
%+{
lost a fight
%+|
beaten up
%-(I)
laughing out loud
%-)
has been staring at a green screen for 15 hours straight; message about people with broken glasses; stared too long at a monitor; cross-eyed; broken glasses; drunk with laughter; elephant man; long bangs
%-<I>
drunk with laughter
%-\
hungover
%-^
Picasso
%-^)
Picasso
%-{
sad variation
%-|
been working all night
%-}
humor variation
%-~
Picasso
%-6
braindead
%\v
Picasso
&-|
tearful
&-l
that made me cry
&.(..
crying
&:-)
from a person with curly hair
'-)
one eyed man; only has a left eye, which is closed; wink
':-)
accidentally shaved off one of his eyebrows this morning; one eyebrow
'~;E
unspecified 4-legged critter
( o ) ( o )
hooters
(-)
needing a haircut
(-:
left hand smiley; Australian; left handed; Don Ellis from Tektronix
(-::-)
Siamese twins
(-:|:-)
Siamese twins
(-_-)
secret smile
(-E:
wearing bifocals
(-o-)
Imperial Tie Fighter ("Star Wars")
(.)(.)
Ms. Dos
(: (=|
going to be a ghost for Halloween
(: (=|
wearing a ghost costume
(:)-)
likes to scuba dive; scuba diving
(:+)
big nose
(:-
unsmiley frowning
(:-#
I am smiling and I have braces (watch out for the glare!); message concerning something that shouldn't have been said
(:-$
message indicating person is ill
(:-&
message indicating person is angry
(:-(
the saddest smiley; unsmiley frowning; very unhappy or sad smiley
(:-)
no hair; smiley big face; bald; messages dealing with bicycle helmets; surprised
(:-*
kiss(ing)
(:-...
broken heart; heart-breaking message
(:-\
VERY sad
(:-{~
bearded
(:-|K-
formal message; formally attired
(:-D
message concerning another blabber mouth
(:-I
egghead
(:<)
message concerning blabber mouths
(:=)
two noses
(:>-<
message from a thief: hands up! Thief
(:^(
message concerning people with broken noses
(:I
egghead
(@ @)
You'r joking? You're kidding!
([(
robocop
(}-8]
left-handed bearded smiley with glasses and headphones
(00)
mooning you; pulling a mooner
(8-)
message from a four-eye; wears glasses
(8-{)}
glasses, moustache and a beard
(8-o
It's Mr. Bill!
(O--<
fishy
(V)=|
Pacman champion
)
Cheshire cat
):-(
nordic smiley; unsmiley big-face
):-)
impish smiley; smiley big-face
)8-)
scuba smiley big-face
*!#*!^*&:-)
a schizophrenic
**
for winter sports generally
*-(
a Cyclops poked in the eye
*-)
shot dead; stoned
*:*
fuzzy
*:**
message about fuzzy people with a fuzzy mustache
*:o)
and Bozo the clown!
*<.'v
(profile) wearing snow cap
*<:-)
wearing a Santa Claus hat; Santa Claus
*<|:-)
Santa Claus (Ho Ho Ho)
*<|:-))
Santa Claus
*<8-)X
party outfit with hat and bow-tie
*|
for oh what a beautiful sunset
*8-)
Beaker (the Muppet lab assistant)
*L*
blotto
+-(
shot between the eyes
+-(:-)
Religious leader; the Pope
+-:-)
priest; the Pope or holding some other religious office
+:-)
priest smiley
+<.'v
(profile) knight
+<:-)
"Peace be upon you, my children..."
+<:-|
message from a monk/nun
+<||-)
knight
+O:-)
the Pope
-
Helen Keller
- @=
messages about nuclear war
- -:-(
punk rocker (real punk rockers don't smile) (alternate version)
- -:-)
punk rocker (alternate version)
- @=
message about nyclear war
-(
always should wear safety glasses, especially in the laser burn-in room
-)
always wear safety glasses; Jose Feliciano
---...
SOS (variant)
---...---
SOS (really OSO, but retained anyway)
---<--{(@
It is a rose!
--->----
a rose
-:-(
punk rocker (real punk rockers don't smile)
-:-)
has mohawk; punk rocker; sports a mohawk and admires Mr. T
-=
a doused candle (to end a flame)
-=#:-)
wizard
-=* :-)
a TeX wizard
->-
for airline tickets going cheap
->=:-)X
Zippy the Pinhead
.'!
(profile) grim
.'"
(profile) pursing lips
.'\
(profile) frowning
.'J
(profile) smiling
.'P
(profile) sticking tongue out
.'r
(profile) sticking tongue out
.'T
(profile) keeping a straight face
.'U
(profile) yawning
.'V
(profile) shouting
.'v
(profile) talking
.'w
(profile) speaking with forked tongue
.'Y
(profile) whistling
.-(
always should wear safety glasses
.-)
keeping an eye out; one-eyed; Sammy Davis, Jr.
.-]
one eye
..-)
only has one eye
..-]
one-eyed smiley
...---...
S.O.S
.\/
Duck; duck variation
.^)
side view
.^v
(profile) pointy nose
._)
suffering from Lorentz contraction (they're coming every ten minutes now)
/:-)
French
/:-|
Mr. Spock
/;-)
has one big thick cockeyed eyebrow
/\
for camping and backpacking
/8^{~
hair line, glasses, moustache, and goatee
/8^{~<
hair line, glasses, moustache, and goatee
:,(
crying
: )
leper
: =
beaver smiley
:###)
Jimmy Durante
:#)
drunk smiley
:$)
Donald Trump
:%)
an accountant
:%)%
has acne
:'''-)
floods of tears
:'-(
crying
:'-)
crying with happiness; so happy, s/he is crying
:'}
Richard Nixon
:'O
Bob Hope
:(
sad; sad-turtle smiley
:)
cheshire cat smile; happy; midget smiley; salamander
:) :-) :>
Smiling, happy faces; don't take me too seriously
:*
kisses
:*)
drunk smiling face, for those of us who like get intoxicated before or while reading netnews; Ed McMahon; everyman; smiley with moustache; drunk (red nose); clowning around
:+(
punched nose, hurt
:+)
Carl Friedrich Gauss; large nose
:-,
"Hmmmm."; smirking
:-
male; prolog programmer
:-!
foot in mouth; smiley bland face
:-"
heavy smoker; pursing lips; whistling smiley
:-#
mouth zipped; my lips are scaled; fat lip; wears braces; message concerning something that shouldn't have been said; moustache; punched in the mouth
:-#)
happy with a mustache
:-#|
smiley face with bushy mustache
:-$
smiley face with it's mouth wired shut; message indicating person is ill; uncertainty
:-%
banker; bearded; talking out of both sides of mouth
:-&
smiley which is tongue-tied; message indicating person is angry
:-'
smoker
:-')
has a cold
:-'|
has a cold
:-(
un-smiley; sad face, "that comment makes me sad (mad)"; boo hoo; drama; frowning smiley (anger or displeasure); did not like that last statement or is upset or depressed about something; sad, angry, mad; has read too many 'smiley' articles
:-( )
You backed your car over my toe
:-( :-
impotent (or let down)
:-( )
You Just Backed Your Car Over My Toe! You stepped on my toe
:-( :-
impotent
:-(#)
wearing braces (teeth)
:-((
very sad
:-()
I stubbed my toe; talking
:-(*)
that comment made me sick; sick of recent netnews and is about to vomit
:-(=)
bucktooth smiley; big teeth
:-(0)
yelling
:-(O)
yelling
:-) ,
outie belly button
:-)
basic smiley (is used to inflect a sarcastic or joking statement); smiley standard; comedy; humorous; ha ha; smiling; happy face; don't take me too seriously; 'This is a joke' or 'This is supposed to make you laugh'
:-) .
innie belly button
:-) <
slut
:-) < ... :-) < ... :-) < ...
nymphomaniac
:-) >
celibate
:-) 8
Dolly Parton
:-) -:
smiley with an erection
:-) -^-:
in need of some corrective surgery
:-) -8
blue balls
:-) :-...
taking a leak
:-) )-:
masking theatrical comments
:-) ---
John Holmes
:-) ... :-( ... :-) ... :-( ...
manic depressive
:-) :-) :-)
loud guffaw
:-) 8 -
female
:-)!!!
Sam Kinnison
:-)'
drooling or dribbling; tends to drool
:-))
double chin; very happy
:-)))
laughing or double Chin; very overweight; William Conrad
:-)--
98-pound weakling
:-)-{8
big girl
:-)-}8
big girl
:-)-8
big girl
:-)-O
smiling doctor with stethoscope
:-)=
vampire
:-)==
Arnold Schwarzenegger
:-)>
bearded
:-)}
has goatee/beard
:-)~
drooling
:-)8
man with bowtie; well dressed
:-)8<
big girl smiley
:-)X
wearing a bowtie
:-*
kiss; just ate something bitter or sour; just ate a sour pickle; sorry, I didn't want to say that
:-*
Oops! (covering mouth with hand)
:-*)
has a cold
:--)
Jamie Farr (Klinger from M*A*S*H)
:------------)
big liar
:----}
you lie like pinnochio
:-/
lefty undecided smiley; perplexed, skeptical or undecided smiley; skeptical
:-:
mutant smiley; the invisible smiley; toothless
:-<
real sad smiley; frowning face; walrus smiley; moustache; vampire
:-=)
older smiley with mustache; Adolph Hitler
:->
hey hey; devilish grin (heavy sarcasm); just made a really biting sarcastic remark [worse than a :-) or ;-)]; normal smiling face with deformed lips (person who submitted it has problems with their lips); happy
:->X==|
smiley formalware
:-?
pipe smoker
:-@
screaming smiley; extremely angry; beard has permanent wave *or* was drawn by Picasso; "I swear"; swearing
:-[
un-smiley blockhead; vampire smiley; biting criticism; pouting; sarcastic
:-\
undecided smiley; popeye smiling face (for people who look like popeye)
:-\ 8o
after a cold shower
:-]
biting sarcasm smiling face, used when sarcasm is intended, since we cannot inflect our voice over the net; blockhead; vampire
:-`
smiley spitting out its chewing tobacco
:-{
mustache; smiley variation on a theme
:-{ -__-:
after slamming the toilet seat
:-{#}
from a person with braces; messages teasing people about their braces
:-{)
normal smiling face with a moustache
:-{}
heavy lipstick
:-{~
has read too many of the toilet paper articles previous to lunch
:-|
"have an ordinary day" smiley; indifference; monkey; no expression face ('that comment doesn't phase me'); grim
:-| 8( )-
pregnant female
:-|<
vampire
:-||
angry
:-|K-
formal message
:-}
beard; wry smile; normal smiling face with pretty lips (person that submitted it is wearing lipstick or some other lip appearance improving device); "Thish wine tashted pretty good"
:-} -oo-:
taking matters into hand
:-}X
bow tie-wearing smiley
:-~)
has a cold
:-0
no yelling! (quiet lab); smiley orator; shocked; can't find shift key
:-1
smiley bland face
:-3
handlebar mustache smiley; has eaten a lemon
:-6
smiley after eating something sour or spicy; sour taste in mouth
:-7
smiley after a wry statement; smirking smiley; smokes a pipe; talking out of side of mouth
:-8
talking out both sides of your mouth
:-8(
condescending stare
:-9
smiley licking it's lips
:-a
lefty smiley touching tongue to nose
:-B
drooling
:-b
left-pointing tongue smiley; tongue stuck out
:-c
bummed out smiley; very unhappy
:-C
just totally unbelieving; real unhappy smiley; really bummed; jaw hit floor
:-D
big smile; said with a smile; laughing (at you!); shock or surprise; talks too much; wider happy face (or mouth open too much)
:-d
lefty smiley razzing you; said with a smile
:-d~
smokes heavily
:-E
bucktoothed vampire; has major dental problems
:-e
disappointed smiley
:-F
bucktoothed vampire with one tooth missing
:-f
sticking tongue out
:-G-
smoking cigarettes
:-I
hmm; thinking; indifferent (or sad) smiley (better than a frowning smiley but not quite as good as a happy smiley)
:-i
semi-smiley; smoker
:-II
angry
:-j
left smiling smiley; smoker smiling
:-J
tongue-in-cheek comments
:-k
beats me, looks like something, though
:-l
yet another smiley
:-M
speaking no evil
:-o
"Oh, nooooooo!" (a la Mr. Bill); smiley singing national anthem; surpised/shocked; yell; Wow!
:-O
birth; Mr. Bill; ohh; big mouth; Mick Jagger; talkaktive smiley; Uh oh! Wow! Oops; surprised/shocked; yell; yawn
:-o ^^^^:
after zipping up fly too fast
:-O>-o
smiley American tourist (note big mouth and camera)
:-P
has a secret to tell you; sticking out tongue; tongue hanging out in anticipation; Nyahhhh!
:-p
smiley sticking its tongue out (at you!) (symbol of disrespect); tongue in cheek; wry smile
:-p~
smokes heavily
:-q
smiley trying to touch its tongue to its nose
:-Q
smoker; smoking
:-Q~
smoking
:-r
smiley raspberry; sticking tongue out
:-R
has the flu
:-s
after a BIZARRE comment
:-S
just made an incoherent statement; what you say makes no sense
:-t
cross smiley; pouting smiley
:-T
keeping a straight face (tight-lipped)
:-V
shouting smiley
:-v
talking head smiley; speaking
:-W
speak with forked tongue
:-w
speak with forked tongue
:-x
"My lips are sealed" smiley; kiss kiss; kissing; not telling any secrets
:-X
a big wet kiss; bow tie; lips are sealed; mute
:-x}
kissing
:-Y
a quiet aside
:-y
said with a smile
:-Z
sleeping
:-z
yet another cross smiley
:.-(
weeping
:.-)
laughing tears
:/)
not funny
:/\)
extremely bignosed smiley
:/7)
Cyrano de Bergerac
:/i
no smoking
::-)
wears normal glasses
:<
midget unsmiley; What? What pretences!
:<()
African tribesman
:<)
from an Ivy League school; moustache
:<)=
for those with beards too
:<=
walrus
:<|
attends an Ivy League school
:= |
baboon
:=)
orangutan smiley; has two noses
:=8)
baboon
:>
hmm, let me think...; midget smiley; What?
:>)
has a big nose
:?)
philosopher
:@
What?
:@)
pig
:[
real downer
:]
gleep (a friendly midget smiley who will gladly be your friend)
:^(
has had his nose put out of joint; useful for replying to flames
:^)
smiley with a personality; smiley with pointy nose (righty); alternate nose; broken nose; from a person with a large nose; 3/4 view of person with elf-type sharp nose; happy profile; messages teasing people about their noses
:^)#
happy with a beard
:^)##
happy with a long beard
:^{
for those with moustaches
:^{)>
moustache and beard
:^D
"Great! I like it!"
:_)
nose is sliding off of his face
:{
oh boy, the headmaster!...; What?
:}
What should we call these? (what?)
:~(
nose put out of joint
:~)
smiling face needs a nosejob, no explanation necessary; Peter Ubberoth; pointy nose (righty); ugly nose
:~-(
crying
:~-)
so happy, s/he is crying
:~/
really mixed up
:3-<
a dog
:8)
pigish smiley; a pig
:C
What?
:c)
big nose variant
:c<
big nose variant
:D
laughter
:D :-D
wider happy face (or Mistrel singers)
:I
Hmmm, not funny!
:I)
smiley with septum pierce
:n)
smiley with funny-looking right nose
:O
yelling
:o)
boxer's nose
:q
vi user saying, "How do I get out of this damn emacs editor?"
:Q
What?
:Q)
John Q. Public
:u)
smiley with funny-looking left nose
:Ui
smoking
:Uj
smoking (and smiling)
:V
woodpecker
:v)
left-pointing nose smiley; has a broken nose, but it's the other way
:V)
woodpecker
:X)
hearing no evil
;(
crying
;) ;-) ;>
Winking happy faces (something said tongue-in-cheek)
;-(
crying smiley; sad face gets his lights punched out, sad or mad and got beat up, or "That makes me so mad that if I ever see you I'll punch your lights out!"
;-)
winking smiley; light sarcasm; winking happy face (something said tongue-in-cheek); "Take this message with a grain of salt!"; just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark (more of a "Don't hit me for what I just said!" smiley); a practical joker who played one too many and got beat up; crying with happiness; getting fresh; sardonic incredulity; smiling face gets his lights punched out; could be pirate smiling face??
;-) ===8
circumcised
;-) o===8
braggart
;-)=)
grin
;-)}<////>
corporate-type guy (see the necktie?)
;-\
Popeye beaten up; popeye gets his lights punched out
;-|
no expression face gets his lights punched out, says nothing but still gets beat up; beaten up but silent
;-}
leer? (terminal dependent)
;-D
a friendly, winking, laughing smile
;^)
smirking smiley
;^?
punched out
<&&>
message concerning rubber chickens
<*:oDX
clown with bowtie and dunce
<:-(
disappointed; dunce
<:-)
dumb question; stupid question (donkey's hat); Vietnamese peasant
<:-)<<|
in a space rocket; message from a space rocket
<:-I
a dunce
<:-O
Eeek!
<:>==
a turkey emoticon
<:3
simple smiley mouse or rat
<:3 )~~~~
smiley mouse or rat
<:I
dunce
<<<<(:-)
message from a hat salesman
<=
for messages about housing in the Snow Belt
<{:-)}
in a bottle; message in a bottle
<|-(
Chinese and doesn't like these kind of jokes
<|-(=
Chinese and doesn't like this article; Chinese and unhappy
<|-)
Chinese
<|-)=
Chinese
<3
heart
<g>
grin
<I==I)
on four wheels
=)
variation on a theme
=):-)
Uncle Sam
=.'v
(profile) has mohawk
=:-#}
punk rocker with a mustache
=:-(
punk rocker (real punk rockers don't smile)
=:-)
smiley punk-rocker; a hosehead; shocked
=:-H
football player; plays for NFL
==#==
railroad crossings
===:[OO']>:===
has been railroaded
=====:}
snake
=|:-)
Abe Lincoln
=|:-)=
Abe Lincoln
=0==
Mexican on a railroad!
=t==
Mexican run over by train
>-
female
>-<
absolutely livid!!
>->
china man
>-^);>
fish
>:)
a little devil
>:*)
Bozo the Clown
>:-(
mad, annoyed; sick and tired of reading this nonsense
>:-( 8 *>-
for disparaging opinions on feminists]
>:-)
devil; evil grin
>:-<
mad
>:->
devilish smiley; just made a really devilish remark; happy with a crew cut
>:-b
left-pointing tongue smiley
>:-I
net.startrek
>:-l
klingon smiley
>:^(
a headhunter (Amazon style)
>;-)
devilish wink
>;->
a very lewd remark was just made; winky and devil combined
>< ><
message about/to someone wearing argyle socks
>>-O->
Gen. Custer
>>>>>:============
an asparagus
>[I
Television
>|(
Robocop: "Thank you for your co-operation."
>|->
Chinese
>w
nose-thumbing gesture
?-(
message about people with a black eye; sorry, I don't know what went wrong
?-)
sorry, I don't know what went wrong
@%&$%&
You know what that means...
@%&$%&$\&*@%$#@
You know what that means...
@*&$!%
You know what that means...
@-(
"Ulysses! Bring me Ulysses!"
@-)
Cyclops
@.'v
(profile) has curly hair
@:-)
smiley wearing a turban; Arab; Indian (East); from a person with wavy hair
@:-}
smiley just back from the hairdresser
@:I
turban
@=
pro-nuclear war; flame about nuclear war, power or weapons follows (mushroom cloud)
@>--->----
a rose
@l@
too many hours at terminal
@O=E<=
woman in skirt wearing turtleneck sweater
[:-)
smiley wearing a walkman; wearing headphones
[:-]
robot; square head
[:]
robot smiley
[:|]
robot (or other AI project)
[=
for messages about housing in Arizona
[]
hugs
[8-{)
bearded smiley with glasses and headphones
\/\/\/\,8-O
really should fix frayed line cord on terminal
\:-)
french hat
\:^)
gumby smiley
\o/
PTL (praise the lord, or pass the loot?)
]-I
smiley wearing sunglasses (cool... Therefore no smile, only a smirk)
]:-)
the devil
]:->
the devil
^(^
happy variation
^)^ ^(^
two people talking
^L^
happy
^o
snoring
^v^v^
mountains
_:^)
an American Indian
_\\//
Vulcan salute
__.
properly chastised and/or chagrined, or is merely asleep
__/~`-'~\_/
line of thought isn't quite a line
__Q~`__
cat
_O-)
aquanaut
_o-)
aquanaut
`'
cat's eyes in the night
`:-)
shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning
{
Alfred Hitchcock
{ :-)
Marge Simpson (Homer's wife)
{(:-)
wearing toupee
{:-)
smiley wears a toupee; smiley with its hair parted in the middle; new hair style; wig
{:-{)}
new hair style, mustache and beard
{:\/
sounds like a duck
{:^=(
Adolph Hitler
{:V
duck
{=
for messages about housing
{{-}}}
refugee from the '60's
{}
'no comment'
{0-)
message from cyclops
|
for bike fleet messages
|)
a salamander
|-(
smiley lost his contact lenses; late night messages; asleep with nightmares; asleep (boredom)
|-)
hee hee; happy Oriental; sleeping; falling asleep (or is chinese)
|-<>
kissy face
|-]
robocop
|-{
"Good Grief!" (Charlie Brown?)
|-0
yawning
|-D
ho ho
|-I
sleeping
|-O
birth; yawning/snoring; bored
|-P
reaction to unusually ugly C code; yuk
|:-)
bushey eyebrows; heavy eyebrows
|:-|
excessively rigid
|:-O
(no explanation given)
|:['
Groucho Marx
|^o
snoring
||
for messages about cars or other four-wheeled vehicles
||*
handshake
||*(
handshake offered
||*)
handshake accepted
|~(
"Someone just busted my nose"
|I
asleep
}(:-(
wearing toupee in wind
}-)
evil
}.
an elephant
}:-(
toupee in an updraft; bull headed
}:-)
wearing toupee in an updraft; hair parted in the middle in an updraft
}:-<
cat
}:^#)
pointy nosed smiley
}:^#})
mega-smiley (updrafted bushy-mustached pointy nosed smiley with a double-chin)
}:~#})
mega-smiley: updrafted bushy-mustached pointy nosed smiley with a double-chin
}}\/=oo---oo
Crash! Semi-truck after collision
~ :-(
particularly angry
~'v
(profile) has long bangs
~:-(
net.flame
~:-P
thinking and steaming or having only one single hair
~=
a candle, to annotate flaming messages
~==
flame follows (picture of a lit match or candle)
~~:-(
net.flame
~~\8-O
needs to fix frayed cord on computer/terminal
~~~\8-O
zapped by frayed cord on computer/terminal
~~~~~8}
snake
~~~~8}
snake
~~~c___
beach
~M`'~
camel
0-(
scuba diver with a broken mask
0-)
smiley cyclops; wearing scuba mask; scuba diver; arc-welder
0:-)
angel; saint
2B|^2B
message about Shakespeare
3 :-)
Bart Simpson
3 :-)
Bart Simpson
3:*>
Rudolph the reindeer
3:-)
cow
3:-o
cow
3:[
mean pet smiley; pit bull smiley
3:]
lucy my pet dog smiley; pet smiley
3:o[
net.pets
4:-)
George Washington
5:-)
Elvis Presley
6\/)
elephant
7:)
Ronald Reagan
7:-)
Fred Flintstone
7:^]
Ronald Reagan
8
infinity
8 :-)
wizard
8 :-I
net.unix-wizards
8(:-)
mickey mouse; Walt Disney; Mousketeer
8)
frog
8*)
glasses and a moustache
8-#
dead smiley; death
8-)
(sun) glasses; smiley swimmer; smiley with big eyes, perhaps wearing contact lenses; wide-eyed look; excited; gorilla; smiling, happy face, also used to denote wide-eyed look
8-*
just ate a hot pepper
8->
just happy
8-]
"wow, maaan"
8-|
eyes wide with surprise; suspense
8-O
"Omigod!!" (done after "rm -rf *"); took too many nodoz to work on thesis
8-O --*
just before doubling over with pain
8-P
reaction to College Cafeteria Coffee
8:)
pig
8:-)
glasses on forehead; little girl smiley
8:]
gorilla
8<:-)
smiley is a wizard
8=:-)
chef; Galloping Gourmet
8===>
dickhead
8^
chicken
8^#)#
happy with a beard and mustache
8^(
sad
8^|
grim
8_)
don't get your nose out of joint
8b
bullfrog in mating season
8P
bullfrog in mating season
B)
frog wearing sunglasses
B-(8
Sir Robin Day (a British BBC TV presenter, famed for his grumpy countenance, and who wears glasses and a bow tie)
B-)
horn-rims; horn-rimmed glasses; smiley wears (sun) glasses; message from Batman; "Let's do the beach, man!"
B-)-[<
sunglasses and swimming trunk
B-|
cheap sunglasses
B-D
"Serves you right, dummy!!"
B:-)
sunglasses on head
B^)
hornrimmed glasses
BI
a frog
C):-O
C):-O
C):-O
C):-O
a barbershop quartet
C:#
football player
C:-)
large brain capacity
C=:-)
chef smiley; the Galloping Gourmet
C=>8*)
devilish chef with glasses and a moustache
C=}>;*{))
mega-smiley... a drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an updraft, a mustache, and a double chin
C=}>;*{O)
mega-smiley... a drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an updraft, a mustache, and a double chin
C|:-)
wearing a bowler hat
C|:-=
Charlie Chaplin
d :-o
hats off to your great idea
d.'v
(profile) wearing hard hat
d:-)
baseball player; wearing a cap
d8=
your pet beaver is wearing goggles and a hard hat
E-:-)
ham radio operator
E-:-I
net.ham-radio
EK(
Frankenstien
g-)
wearing pince-nez glasses
H-)
cross-eyed smiley
Honk! oo---oo-Bo
semi-truck moving right
i-)
private eye (detective)
i-=<*** __.
CAUTION: has flame thrower and uses it!
i-=<****** o-(==<
CAUTION: has flame thrower and uses it!
i-=<***i
CAUTION: has flame thrower
K:P
a little kid with a propeller beenie
l-O
smiley is yawning
L-P
totally scrambled smiley (that's why L-P mud exists...)
L:-)
just graduated
l:-O
flattop loudmouth smiley
l^o
hepcat smiley
M-)
sees no evil
M-) :X) :-M
sumbitter sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks no evil
M:-)
saluting (symbol of respect)
O :-)
an angel (at heart, at least)
O |-)
net.religion
O 8-)
the angelic halo look
O+
appropriate for women's messages, surely?
O-&-<
doing nothing
O-(==<
chastised and/or chagrined, or is merely asleep
o-)
Cyclops
O-)
megaton man on patrol! scuba diver; message from cyclops; smiley after smoking a banana
o-<:-{{{
santa
O-G-<
pointing to self
O-S-<
in a hurry
O-Z-<
in a big hurry
o/
raised hand
O:-)
angel smiley; halo; smiley face with halo - acting very innocent
O:O
a girl is mooning you
o=
a burning candle (for flames)
O>-<|=
messages of interest to women
o>8<|=
messages about interesting women
oF-oo---oo
semi-truck moving left
oo
"Somebody's head-lights are on" messages
OO
headlights on message
oo-
puzzled, confused
ouch... O>--<
dead driver/passenger on pavement
P-(
pirate smiley
P-)
Colonel Klink (Hogan's Heroes); getting fresh
pp#
cow
pq`#'
bull
Q:-)
new graduate
q:-)
wearing baseball cap backwards
R-)
broken glasses
V^J
smiley with glasses, seen from the left side (portrait, talking)
X-(
net.suicide; just died; you are brain dead
X-)
cross eyed; unconscious
X:-)
little kid with a propeller beanie

ABBREVIATIONS

@
Circle A (symbol for anarchy)
2nite
tonight
2U2
to you, too
AAMOF
as a matter of fact
ADN
any day now
AFAIK
as far as I know
AFK
away from keyboard
AFU
all fucked up
AKA
also known as
AMF
Adios, motherfucker!
AOL
army of lamers
ASAP
as soon as possible
ATM
at the moment
AWGTHTGTTA?
are we going to have to go through this again?
B-D
breakdown
b/c (BK)
because
B4
before
B4N
bye for now
BAC
by any chance
BAK
back at keyboard
BAMF
bad assed motherfucker
BBFN
bye bye for now
BBL
be back later
BBR
burnt beyond repair
BCNU
be seeing you
BFH
big fucking hammer
BFN
bye for now
BIOYA
blow it out your ass
BIOYIOP
blow it out your I/O port
BOT
back on topic
BRB
be right back
BRS
big red switch (hacker term)
BTA
but then again (in response to IOW)
BTDTGTS
been there, done that, got the T-shirt
BTL
better than life
BTSOOM
beats the stuffing out of me
BTTH
boot to the head
BTW
by the way
BYKT
but you know that
BYOH
bat you onna head
BYORL
bring your own rocket launcher
C4N
ciao for now
CFD
call for discussion
CFV
call for vote
CMIIW
correct me if I'm wrong
cos(cuz)
because
CRAFT
can't remember a fucking thing
CU
see you
CUL(8R)
see you later
CYA
see ya; cover your ass
D-C
don't care
d00d
dude
DAMIFINO
damn if I know
DARFC
ducking and running for cover
DETLA
double extended three letter abbreviation
dewd
dude
DFL
dead fucking last
DH
dear husband, dear hubby, duh hubby and of course dick head
DIIK
damned if I know
DILLIGAF?
Do I look like I give a fuck? (Does it look like I give a fuck?)
DIY
do it yourself
DOM
dirty old man
DTRT
do the right thing
DWIM(C)
do what I mean (, correctly)
DYJHIW
don't you just hate it when
DYK
do you know
DYT
do you think
EFN (E4N)
enough for now
eg
evil grin
EOD
end of discussion
EOF
end of file
EOL
end of lecture
EOT
end of transmission; end of thread (i.e., don't reply to this message)
ESAD (ES&D)
eat shit and die
ESADMF
eat shit and die mother fucker
ETLA
extended three letter acronym
EZ
easy
F2F (FTF)
face-to-face (as IRL); flesh to flesh
FAQ
frequently asked questions
FETLA
further extended three letta acronym (i.e. it has five letters)
FFRD
flying fuck in a rolling donut (I don't give one)
FHOF
freeware hall of fame
FISH
first in, still here
FITB
fill in the blank _________
FLA
four/five letter abbreviation (ETLA and DETLA are preferred since they are self-referential)
FOAD
fuck off & die
FOAF
friend of a friend
FOOBAR
variant of FUBAR (q.v.)
FOS
freedom of speech; full of shit
FRED
fucking ridiculous electronic device
FTTT
from time to time
FU
fucked up
FUBAB
fucked up beyond all belief
FUBAR
fucked up beyond all reason/recognition/repair
FUD
fear, uncertainty and doubt
FURTB
full up ready to burst (about hard disk drives!)
FWIW
for what it's worth
FY&TSYRIO
fuck you and the sysop you rode in on
FYA
for your amusement
FYDITM
fuck you directly in the mouth
FYI
for your information
G
grin (as in <g>)
GA
go ahead
GAFIA
get away from it all
GAL
get a life
gawd
god
gbh
great back hug
gbh&k
great back hug & kiss
gd&r
grinning, ducking and running
gd&rf
grinning, ducking and running FAST!
gd&rvvf
grinning, ducking and running VERY VERY FAST!
gd&w
grinning, ducking and weaving
GFC
going for coffee
GFR
grim file reaper (pervasive data destroyer)
GH
getting hard (q.v. GW)
GIGO
garbage in, garbage out
GIWIST
gee, I wish I'd said that
GLGH
good luck and good hunting
GMTA
great minds think alike
GOK
god only knows
gr&d
grinning, running & ducking
GRMBL
grumble
grrlz
girls
GTG
got to go
guvment
government
GW
getting wet (q.v. GH)
h
hug
HAB
hot Asian babe
HAND
have a nice day
hb
hug back
hh
holding hands
HHOJ
ha ha only joking
HHOK
ha ha only kidding
HHOS
ha ha only serious
HIWTH
hate it when that happens
HMOFG (HMFG)
holy mother of fucking god
HTH
hope this helps
HYCFAPMSFTJ
honestly you couldn't find a person more suited for the job
IAC
in any case
IAE
in any event
IANAL
I am not a lawyer
IAP
it's a possibility
IC
I see
ICBW
I could be wrong
IDGI
I don't get it
IDK
I don't know
IDM2M
it doesn't matter to me
IDTT
I'll drink to that!
IHTFP
I have truly found paradise; I hate this fuckin' place
IIRC
if I recall correctly
IITYWIMIWHTKY
if I tell you what it means, I will have to kill you
IITYWIMWYBMAD
if I tell you what it means, will you buy me a drink?
ILTNMMAMOTC.
I'd like to nominate Mike Meyer as moderator
ILY
I love you
IMAO
in my arrogant opinion
IMCO
in my considered opinion
IME
in my experience
IMHO
in my humble opinion
IMnerHO
in my not even remotely humble opinion
IMNSHO
in my not so humble opinion
IMO
in my opinion
IMOBO
in my own biased opinion
IMPE
in my previous/personal experience
IMVHO
in my very humble opinion
INAP
it's not a possibility
INPO
in no particular order
IOW
in other words
IRL
in real life
ISTR
I seem to recall
ISWYM
I see what you mean
IWBNI
it would be nice if
IYFEG
insert your favorite ethnic group
IYKWIM
if you know what I mean
IYKWIMAITYD
if you know what I mean and I think you do
IYTS
if you think so
J/K
just kidding (can also stand for joking)
J4F
just for fun
JASE
just another system error
JIC
just in case
JM2C
just my 2 cents
JS
just smile
JSNM
just stark naked magic
JTYWTK
just thought you wanted to know
K
1000 (like, 2K = 2000)
k
kiss
kb
kiss back
kewl
cool
KISS
keep it short and simple; keep it simple stupid
KMYF
kiss me you fool
kotc
kiss on the cheek
l
laugh
L8R
later
LAB&TYD
life's a bitch & then you die
LAGNAF
let's all get naked and fuck!
LART
luser attitude readjustment tool
li
laughing inside
lis
laughing in silence
LLTA
lots and lots of thunderous applause
LMAO
laughing my ass off
lmbo
laughing my butt off
LMWIS
lick me where I sweat
LOL
laughing out loud
MfG
Mit freundlichen Gruessen
MHBFY
my heart bleeds for you
MHOTY
my hat's off to you
MLA
multiple letter acronym
MORF
male or female
MOTAS
member of the appropriate sex
MOTOS
member of the opposite sex
MOTSS
member of the same sex
MYOB
mind your own business
n case
in case
n/a
not applicable
NBL
not bloody likely
NC
no comment
NFW
no fucking way
NHOH
never heard of him (her)
NIFOC
naked/nekkid in front of computer
NIMBY
not in my backyard
NN2R
no need to reply
NRN
no reply necessary
NSS
no shit, shylock
NTP
new topic, please
NYCTMI
now you come to mention it
OBTW
oh, by the way
OIC
oh, I see
OK
oll korrect
OnJo
only joking
ONNA
oh no, not again!
OOI
out of interest
OOO
out of office
OOTB
out of the box (brand new)
OOTC
obligatory on-topic comment
OT
off topic
OTF
on the floor
OTOH
on the other hand
OTTH
on the third hand
PABG
pack a big gun
PCMCIA
people can't memorize computer industry acronyms
PCYLIHOONL
please cross your legs, I have only one nail left
PDA
public display of affection
PDQ
pretty d**m(ed) quick(ly)
PITA
pain in the ass
PLOKTA
press lots of keys to abort
PMBI
pardon my butting in
PMETC
pardon me etc
PMFBI
pardon me for butting in
PMFJI
pardon me for jumping in
PMJI
pardon me, jumping in (when you interrupt a conversation)
POETS
piss of early tomorrows Saturday
POSSLQ
person of opposite sex sharing living quarters
potc
peck on the cheek
POV
point of view
PTB
powers that be
R&D
research and development
R&P
rape and pillage (excessive violence)
RE
regarding
REHI
hello again (re-Hi!)
RFC
request for comment
RFD
request for discussion
RFP
request for proposal
RO(T)FL
rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO
rolling on the floor laughing my ass off
ROTFLAHMS
rolling on the floor laughing and holding my side
ROTM
right on the money
RSN
real soon now
RTDox
read the documentations
RTFAQ
read the FAQ
RTFFAQ
read the fucking FAQ
RTFM
read the fucking manual
RTM
read the manual
RUMOF
are you male or female?
s
smile
S&D
search and destroy
sb
smiles back
SBD
silent but deadly (fart) [Beavis & Butthead]
SBD
silent but deadly (fart) [George Carlin; also used by Beavis & Butthead]
SFAIAA
so far as I am aware
SFLA
stupid four letter acronym
SHIT
sure happy it's thursday
SHTSI
somebody had to say it
SIG
special interest group
SITD
still in the dark
SMO
serious mode on
SMOff
serious mode off
SMOP
small matter of programming
SNAFU
situation normal, all fucked up
SO
significant other (e.g. boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, pet dog)
SOB
do you really need *me* to explain this one?
SOHF
sense of humor failure
SOL
shit outta luck
SOS
same old shit (or stuff)
SPAM
SPiced hAM. Hormel's canned meat
SRE
scully rational explanation
SSDD
same shit different day
ST-TNG
Star Trek, The Next Generation
ST-TOS
Star Trek, The Original Series
STD
severe tire damage (rows of spikes on road)
STI/ST-TMP
Star Trek, first movie/The Motion Picture
STII/ST-WOK
Star Trek, second movie/'Wrath of Khan'
STIII/ST-SFS
Star Trek, third movie/'Search for Spock'
STIV/ST-TVH
Star Trek, fourth movie/'The Voyage Home'
STV/ST-TFF
Star Trek, fifth movie/'The Final Frontier'
STVI/ST-TUC
Star Trek, sixth movie/'The Undiscovered Country'
SW
shareware
SWAG
scientific wild ass guess
SWALK
sealed with a loving kiss
SWMBO
she who must be obeyed
SWWCFI
so what, who cares, fuck it
SYL
see you later
SYSOP
SYStem OPerator, aka god
T-P
telepathy
TAFN
that's all for now
TANJ
there ain't no justice
TANSTAAFL
there ain't no such thing as a free lunch
TARFU
things are really fucked up
TAZ
temporary autonomous zone; mobile or transient location free of economic and social interference by the state. [Hakim Bey]
TBT
talking by typing
TCB
trouble came back
TDM
too damn many
TGIF
thank god its friday
THX
thanks
TIA
thanks in advance
TIATLG
truly, I am the living god
tic
tongue in cheek
TID
thread is deteriorating (OT)
TINALO
this is not a legal opinion
TINAR
this is not a recomendation
TLA
three letter acronym
TLG
the living god
TNKU
thank you
TNSTAAFL
there's no such thing as a free lunch
TNX
thanks
TNX 1.0E6
thanks a million
to go nookleer
to explode
TPTB
the powers that be
TRDMC
tears running down my cheers
tripdub
www ("triple w")
troo
true
TRSZ
the red salamander zaruga
TSJD
Texas size jelly donut (official food of Texas sysops)
TSR
terminate and stay resident program
TTBOMK
to the best of my knowledge
TTFN
ta-ta for now
TTL4N
that's the lot for now
TTUL
talk (or type) to you later
TTYL(8R)
talk to you later
TUC
the ultimate chatlist!
TWIMC
to whom it may concern
TYVM
thank you very much
UAE
unrecoverable application error (bane of Windows' users!)
UCE
unsolicited commerical e-mail
UST
unresolved sexual tension [X-philes (fans)]
veg
very evil grin
ves
very evil smile
vwg
very wicked grin
vws
very wicked smile
w
wink
w/
with
w/o
without
w3b
www
WDYT
what do you think?
WFM
works for me
wg
wicked grin
WIIWD
what it is we do
WIMP
Windows, icons, mouse, pointing
wirld
world
WOFTAM
waste of flaming time and money
WRT
with regard (respect) ro
WTF
what the fuck
WTF R U ?
who the fuck are you?
WTFDIK
what the fuck do I know
WTH
what the hell
WTHDTM
what the hell does that mean
WTLOB
watch "the life of Brian"
wuz
was
WWDWIIWD
when we do what it is we do
WYGIWYPF
what you get is what you pay for
WYMM
will you marry me? (Currently restricted to alt.fan.pratchett AFAIK.)
wymyn
women
WYSIAYG
what you see is all you get
WYSIWYG
what you see is what you get
Xtian
christian
YABA
yet another bloody acronym
YABSA
yet another bloody stupid acronym
YGWYPF
you get what you pay for
YKYBHTLW
you know you've been hacking to long when
YKYHBxTLW
you know you have been x too long when (eg, YKYHBPDTLW - you know you have been playing Doom too long when...)
YMMV
your mileage may vary
YMMVG
your mileage may vary greatly
YWIA
you're welcome in advance

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