LINGUIST List 5.763

Wed 29 Jun 1994

FYI: Emoticons

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  1. Deborah Milam Berkley, 5.710 Body language (emoticons)

Message 1: 5.710 Body language (emoticons)

Date: Mon, 20 Jun 1994 09:44:37 5.710 Body language (emoticons)
From: Deborah Milam Berkley <>
Subject: 5.710 Body language (emoticons)

In response to Jon Aske's posting, I'd like to share some
emoticons from a Wall Street Journal article and accompanying
sidebar by Michael W. Miller. Unfortunately, the person who
passed this along to me didn't copy down the issue date.

>From the article entitled "A story of the type that turns heads
in computer circles". Miller says these emoticons were gleaned
from a "smiley dictionary" circulating on computer bulletin
boards, and from "Dvorak's Guide to PC Telecommunications."

:-D I'm laughing

B-) I'm cool

:-, I'm drunk

:-'| I have a cold

{(:-) I have a toupee

}(:-( I have a toupee and it's windy.

7:^] I resemble Ronald Reagan

:-8 I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth

=|:-)= I'm Uncle Sam

>From the sidebar entitled "Sidelong remarks that may interest
propellerheads 8(:-)". These emoticons are attributed to a col-
lection belonging to David Sanderson of Madison, Wis.

8(:-) propellerhead (see sidebar title)

:-)-O smiling doctor with stethoscope

:'( I'm crying

:-= my lips are sealed

:-& I'm tongue-tied

%-) I'm cross-eyed

':-) I accidentally shaved off one eyebrow

(-) I need a haircut

(:)-) I'm scuba-diving

*<|:-) I'm Santa Claus

+-(:-) I'm the Pope

:-))) I'm overweight

=:-) I'm a punk rocker

:-J I'm being tongue-in-cheek

5:-) I'm Elvis

L:-) I just graduated

[:-) I'm wearing a Walkman

d:-) I'm a baseball player

O-) I'm Cyclops

:8) I'm a pig

3:-o I'm a cow

:=8) I'm a baboon

(,'%/ I slept too long on one side

:-)>- I just washed my goatee

:-Q I'm smoking

:-? I'm smoking a pipe

:-' I'm chewing tobacco

:-E I have dental problems

:-o I'm bored (yawn)

:-{} I have heavy lipstick

C|:-= I'm Charlie Chaplin

|:[' I'm Groucho Marx

<<<<(:-) I'm a hat salesman

:%)% I have acne

(=>:*')) I'm a drunk demonic chef with a cold and a double chin

Deborah Milam Berkley
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