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Emoticons (emotional icons), sometimes known as "smileys," are used in written communication to convey voice inflections, facial expressions, and bodily gestures. Emoticons can be very effective toward avoiding misinterpretation of the writer's intents. For example, ";-)" means that you are saying this "tongue in check" or "with a wink." While there are no standard definitions for the following emoticons, some of most usual meanings are listed below. Most emoticons will look like a face (eyes, nose, and mouth) when rotated 90 degree clockwise.
:) or :-) Expresses happiness, sarcasm, or joke
:( or :-( Expresses unhappiness
:| or :-| Expresses indifference
:-/ or :-\ Indicates undecided, confused, or skeptical. Also :/ or :\.
:O or :-O Indicates surprise, shock
8-| Eyes wide with surprise
;-) Winking; sardonic incredulity
^5  High five
%-)  Braindead
BFN bye for now
BTW by the way
EOL end of lecture
FAQ frequently asked question(s)
FYI for your information
HTH hope this helps
IAC in any case
IMCO in my considered opinion
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion
IMO in my opinion
IOW in other words
LOL laughing out loud
NRN no reply necessary
TIA thanks in advance
TIC tongue in cheek
TTYL talk to you later
TYVM thank you very much
WYSIWYG what you see is what you get
<G> Grinning
<J> Joking
<L> <LOL> Laughing; laughing out loud
<S> Smiling
<Y> Yawning
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