October 20, 2006, Newsletter Issue #38: Text emoticons

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About Chat Emoticons: The word "emoticon" is a combination of the words "emotion" and "icon." Text emoticons are shortcuts that add zest to the often flat text of chat or instant messaging. Text emoticons are used anywhere in sentences before, after, or within, and can also stand on their own. Here are some of the more common text emoticons :-) smile :-)) big smile (double chin) :-D laughing ;-) wink :-( frown :-/ smirk :-P sticking tongue out :-x kiss/my lips are sealed :-0 surprise 8-| confused/concerned !-( black eye !-) proud of black eye #:-0 shocked %*} inebriated >>:-<< furious >:-( annoyed >:) mischievous

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