When you’re chatting with someone face-to-face or on the phone, you can read their mood in their facial expression or tone.You can certainly tell by someone’s voice if they’re angry, sad, happy or joking.It’s not so easy to decipher what someone’s feeling via email or Facebook updates. By using your letters and punctuation on your keyboard to make an expressive “face,” you can let someone know the emotions behind your words.
I’ll teach you a few of the most popular emoticons, but first, I’ll review a few basic rules about using them: Ready? This is the most common emoticon of them all, and you can form it in different ways.
:-) colon + minus sign + close parentheses :-D colon + minus sign + capital D =) equal sign +close parentheses Use your judgement for the best time to use this one.
A sad face might not be the right way to express condolences or sympathy.
:-( colon + minus sign + open parentheses :’-( colon + apostrophe + minus sign + open parentheses :’( colon + apostrophe sign + open parentheses Let someone know you’re joking around or expressing sarcasm with a winking face or one that’s sticking out its tongue.
;-) semicolon + minus sign + close parentheses :-P colon + minus sign + capital P This emoticon represents sunglasses, an important accessory for maintaining your cool.
B-) capital B + minus sign + close parentheses 8-) eight + minus sign + close parentheses These emoticons represent the squinted eyes, furrowed brows, puckered faces and frowns associated with anger.:( greater than sign + colon + open parentheses :[email protected] colon + minus sign + @ sign X-( capital X + minus sign + open parentheses Oops!Use these if you made a mistake or misunderstood something.:$ colon + dollar sign :-/ colon + minus sign + backslash Use these emoticons if you find something startling or surprising.:-O colon + minus sign + capital O =O equal sign + capital O Imagine someone squinting their eyes or biting their lip when confused.%-) percentage sign + minus sign + close parentheses :-S colon + minus sign + capital S An asterisk represents a kiss.