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Smileys& Emoticons


One of the exciting challenges to communicate on the Internet and be impressive or just ‘Show off’ is through the Language flow of signs. These are symbols to convey the expressions in emails, chat rooms, messaging programs,etc. They are composed of several keyboard characters which you can use and express your emotions. How did this Smileys, emoticons and computer jargon language start? 

 On the web, we find different results on who actually invented Smileys. The very earliest known examples of the graphic are attributed to Harvey Ball, a commercial artist inWorcester, Massachusetts. He devised the face in 1963 for an insurance firm that wanted an internal campaign to improve employee morale. 

Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day. The first World Smiley Day took place in Worcester, MA on October 1, 1999. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion. This day today is celebrated as World Smiley Day and the theme of Harvey Ball’s site for 2008 is ‘Do an Act of Kindness, Help one person smile.’

 Later on in 1970, popularized by Bernard and Murray Spain who produce buttons, coffee mugs, T shirts, bumper stickers, etc with ‘Have a Happy Day’

In 1981, Smileys were used by Scott Fahlman and here is  his website with info.Here is the original thread in the Bulletin board where it was proposed.

Currently, he seems to be working on am working on Scone, a practical system that can represent a large body of real-world knowledge and that can efficiently perform the kinds of search and inference that seem so effortless for humans. Too high end learning for me yet, take a look at the site and this sure is Interesting!

And here’s with the Smiley day just gone, I remember all those smileys and frowns I got with winks and yawning, angelic and devilish too – as I passed through ICQ, Talkcity, Yahoo Messengers and even India Times and many more Chatrooms. Kidsfreesouls has the  Smileys Here – The Unofficial Smiley Faq for use and you can even add more of your smileys here 0:-) Enjoy!

Unofficial Smiley Faq by Scott Fahlman toDon E. Z-Boray to Kidsfreesouls.

Kidsfreesouls is thankful to Don for sending us officially the Unofficial Guide of Smiley Faq for our Readers.   Emoticons were first suggested by Scott Fahlman, Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburg, PA and its use started in E-mails, BBS (Bulletin Board Posts) way back in 1981 to use Expressions in Electronic world. Many more Smileys were invented as time flew and use of Smileys caught on quickly and spread throughout the world of Online communication in E-mails, Message Boards, Chat Rooms, Messengers, etc.

🙂 Happy…Smiling
😉 Winking
🙁 Frown….Sad
😀 Laughing
:-& Tongue tied
:-@ Screaming
|-O Yawning/snoring
😛 Sticking tongue out
:’-( Crying
:’-) Crying for Joy
O:-) /:-O) Angelic
:-> Sarcastic
<:-> Devilish
% + ( Fight
% – ) staring at monitor too long
🙂 ~ drooling
X -( unconscious
: – \ \ skepticism – undecided smile
: – S confused
3 :-] nice doggie
[ : ] robot smiley
| – I sleeping/sound asleep
| – 0 snoring
8  – ] in love
: – 9 Yummy
:- o uh oh!
: – | Who cares!
: I Don’t know the answer
| | * ( Offering a Handshake ‘Hello’
| | * ) Handshake accepted
—<—@ Offering a Rose
12x—<—@ Offering Dozen Roses:-)
LoL – Lots of Laughter / Lots of Love / Love online:-)
ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
Brb – Be right back
Bbl – Be back later
IMHO – In my humble opinion
WB – Welcome back
Irl – In real Life
OIC – Oh, I see
ppl – people
btw – by the way
Ne 1 – anyone
Neways – Any way
k – okay
Lo – Hello
Re – Re Hello (again hello )
Otoh – on the other hand
Afaik – As far as I know
AFK – Away from keyboard
bbfn – bye bye for now
FAQ – frequently asked question
hand – had a nice day
lmao – laughing my ass off
FYI – For your Information
GMTA – Great Minds Think Alike
IOW – In other words
MYOB – Mind Your own Business
POV – Point of view

Thank You Scott Fahlman &  Don E. Z-Boray for the Smiley Faq. Kidsfreesouls has added its own Expression terms to this Faq. If you wish to use this Smiley Faq on your site, Express yourself & Jes Be kewl to ask me-  ilaxi here @ Freesouls for the Smiley Info :-0) I will mail you:-)
You may send me your invented Smileys too & I will add here…<LoL>


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