(updated 12/16/2012)

Express yourself!


Emoticons are a good way to express the emotion behind a message, so the message won't go misunderstood. Here are some classic emoticons...

:) or :-)Expresses happiness, sarcasm, or joke

;) or ;-)Expresses humour - with a "nudge, nudge, wink, wink"

:( or :-(Expresses unhappiness

:] or :-]Expresses jovial happiness

:[ or :-[Expresses despondent unhappiness

:D or :-DExpresses jovial happiness

:I or :-IExpresses indifference

:-/ or :-\Indicates undecided, confused, or skeptical

:Q or :-QExpresses confusion

:S or :-SExpresses incoherence or loss of words

:@ or :-@Expresses shock or screaming

:O or :-OIndicates surprise, yelling or realization of an error ("uh oh!")


If you'd like graphic versions to copy and paste...

Download emoticons.doc, which contains a larger variety than shown here.


Popular Acronyms used in chat rooms and email...

AAMOF as a matter of fact

BBFN bye bye for now

BFN bye for now

BTW by the way

BYKT but you knew that

CMIIW correct me if I'm wrong

EOL end of lecture

FAQ frequently asked question(s)

FITB fill in the blank

FWIW for what it's worth

FYI for your information

HTH hope this helps

IAC in any case

IAE in any event

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 lots of luck, or laughing out loud

MGB may God bless

MHOTY my hat's off to you

NRN no reply necessary

OIC oh, I see

OMG!, oh, my God!

OTOH on the other hand

ROFL rolling on the floor laughing

RSN real soon now

SITD still in the dark

TIA thanks in advance

TIC tongue in cheek

TTYL talk to you later

TYVM thank you very much


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