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Colon Codes for Emoticons (AKA "Smileys")

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There are situations where the automated Smiley toolbar doesn't work well (or at all) -- if you're using the Mobile theme ("skin") for this forum, for example, or if your slow internet service is even slower than usual today.  But I've found a way that I can use smileys even on slow-internet days -- I just type in the codes myself (which can be easier than scanning through the entire smiley toolbar, in any case).
 
Smiley codes are typically just a single word with a colon glued to each end, so it's easy enough to memorize a few of your favorites.  I'll start off with a few basic Smileys now, with their codes, and will add to this list from time to time.  Note that I cannot display the actual code, because then all that most of you would see would be the Smileys.  So I have inserted spaces between characters and/or words, which you will need to omit when you type in the code.  (I've included the actual Smileys in the chart as well, for those of you who are set up to see them.)
 
 
Code . . . . Smiley . . Description
 
: ) . . . . . . . . :) . . . Smiley face in yellow paint
: smile : . . . . :smile: . . . . Standard yellow smiley face

; ) . . . . . . . . . ;) . . . .Yellow winking face (note that's semicolon, not colon, in this one)
: P . . . . . . . . :P . . . .Yellow smiley face with tongue sticking/hanging out
: D . . . . . . . . :D . . . .Yellow grinning face
: LOL : . . . . . :lol: . . . . Yellow laughing face
: ( . . . . . . . . . :( . . . . Yellow frowning face
: angry : . . . . :angry: . . . . .Yellow indignant face
: mellow : . . . :mellow: . . . . .Yellow neutral face

: huh : . . . . .  :huh: . . . . Yellow puzzled face

 

Oops! and that's as many smileys (10) as the forum software currently allows in a single post.  So I'll add more in subsequent posts.
 
Notes:  Smileys are not case-sensitive (so, for example, you can type either LOL or lol and either SMILE or smile -- I've just used whichever I thought would be easier to read on this chart).
 
I should probably point out that the wordless smiley CODES themselves are probably the oldest emoticons -- if you rotate your computer screen ninety degrees to the right (so that "left" is now "up"), you may notice that they look something like faces -- which can make it easy to remember the wordless smiley codes!

 

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Not as hard as I though. Just need to remember them

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Glad to hear that, Jess.  If the Smiley toolbar isn't working for you, typing the codes by hand can be well worth the extra effort.  Using even a very limited assortment of Smileys can make it much easier for people to understand posts the way they're actually intended -- which can avoid misunderstandings and maybe even hurt feelings.  Besides, as you already know, Smileys are fun!
 
OK, here come ten more (again, you'll need to omit any internal spaces):
 
Code . . . . Smiley . . Description
 
^ _ ^ . . . . .  ^_^ . . . . . Yellow happy / contented face
: o . . . . . . .  :o . . . . . Yellow shocked or horrified face
B ) . . . . . . . B) . . . . .  Yellow "cool" face with sunglasses
: rolleyes :  :rolleyes: . . . . . Animated yellow face with eyes rolling upward
- _ -   . . . . . :mellow: . . . . . Yellow face with eyes downcast (shy, modest, embarrassed, sleepy)
< _ <   . . . . <_<  . . . . . Yellow face with eyes looking left (sneaky, skeptical)
: wub :   . . . :wub: . . . . . Pink "in love" face with hearts

: unsure :  . :unsure: . . . . . Yellow face with eyes down & to the side (uncertain)

: wacko : . . :wacko: . . . . . Yellow face with eyes crossed & mouth askew

: blink :  . . . :blink: . . . . . Yellow face with lopsided eyes, no pupils

 

I'm kinda "reaching" for some of the descriptions, so please feel free to offer your interpretations and/or refute some of mine!
 
P.S.:  CBS News says that this man invented emoticons, but it's a video, so that's all I know.   Well, except that one reader comments that he and his friends were using some common emoticons such as : ) in the early 70's (on typewriters), some 15 years prior to this man's claim.

 

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I love these emotes! :)

 

And this one: :sherlock:

 

Are there any more like that one?

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Depends on what you mean by "like that one" -- there are lots more emoticons, though.  Thanks for the reminder!  Here are the next ten (just remember to omit any internal spaces in the codes):

 

Code . . . . . . . Smiley . . Description

: sherlock :  . . :sherlock: . . Yellow face with deerstalker and animated pipe

: sherlock2 :  . :sherlock2: . . . Tiny portrait of Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes

 

: watson :  . . . :watson: . . . Tiny portrait of Freeman's John Watson

: lestrade :  . . :lestrade: . . . Tiny portrait of Rupert Graves as Greg Lestrade

: hudson :  . . . :hudson: . . . Tiny portrait of Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson

: moriarty :  . . :moriarty: . . . Tiny portrait of Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty

: molly :  . . . .  :molly: . . . Tiny portrait of Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper

: picard :  . . .  :picard: . . . . Tiny portrait of Captain Picard doing a face-palm

: ph34r :  . . . . . :ph34r: . . . . . Yellow face wearing gray balaclava, looking to our right

: wave :  . . . . :wave: . . . Animated yellow face smiling and waving

 

Again, please feel free to post your interpretations of these emoticons and/or refute some of mine!

 

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Do you know the codes for the crying one & the one laid out bon the floor laughing.

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[in my best Wizard of Oz voice]  I know ALL the codes!  [/voice]

 

 

You're asking me to go out of order, you know.  :P But hey, just for you:

 

: cry :  . . .  :cry: . . . . .  Animated gray face, crying copious blue tears

: rofl :  . . .  :rofl: . . .  Animated figure with yellow face, Rolling On Floor Laughing

 

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Maybe per above Carol hadn't got to that one yet.?

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Hey, I just report 'em!  (I'm only a Mod, so I don't have access to the set-up mechanism.)

 

Bendy, why don't you start a new thread in the Suggestions area, with smileys that you'd like to have available?  If you could give the Administrators an idea of what the emoticon would actually look like, maybe they'd implement it.  Even better, if you can supply an actual picture (even if it's too big) it'd give them something to work with.

 

That thread would also give people a place to post descriptive suggestions (for example, "a sleepy face").

 

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Here are the next ten (just remember to omit any internal spaces in the codes):

 

Code . . . . . . . Smiley . . Description

 

: blush :  . . . . .  :blush: . . . .  Blushing yellow face.

: excl :  . . . . . .  :excl: . . . .  Bold exclamation mark/point in a yellow triangle (warning or major reaction)

: spam :  . . . . .  :spam: .  Can of Spam with arms & legs (note: true "spam" posts will be deleted by staff)

: comp :  . . . . .  :comp: .  Animated yellow face hitting a CRT monitor / television with a hammer

: cookie :  . . . .  :cookie: . . The Cookie-Monster Muppet holding a cookie

: LOL2 :  . . . . .  :lol2: . . . .  Animated laughing yellow face, half in shadow

: comp2 :  . . . .  :comp2: Animated yellow face turns red, throws CRT monitor, feels better

: facepalm :  . .  :facepalm: . . .  Animated yellow face does a facepalm

: bart :  . . . . . . . :bart: . . .  No, not Saint Bart! -- Bart Simpson sticking out his animated tongue

: toss :  . . . . . . . :toss: . . .  Animated yellow-faced chef flips a pancake (which has a face?)

 

That's the ten for this post, but there are lots more!

 

Note:  Sometimes the editor's Smiley button doesn't bring up all of the Smileys -- clicking "Show All" just under the Smiley bar tends to be more reliable, though the popup can take a while to load.

 

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And ten more (just remember to omit any internal spaces in the codes):

 

Code . . . . . . . Smiley . . Description

 

: popcorn :  . .  :popcorn: . . Yellow smiley with huge tub of popcorn

: xmas : . . . . .  :xmas: . . .  Animated yellow smiley with Santa hat and champagne glass, by Christmas tree

: xmas2 : . . . .  :xmas2: . .  Animated elderly Santa face with arms & wobbly cane

: xmas3 : . . . .  :xmas3: .  Animated pair of yellow smileys wearing Santa hats and kissing

: happybirthday : :bdaybanner: Animated smiley writes "Happy Birthday" with spray paint

: bdaybanner :  :bdaybanner: Animated pair of smileys unfurling a "Happy Birthday" banner

: welcome :  . .  :welcome: .  Animated  yellow smiley waving and holding a "Welcome" sign

: wave3 :  . . . .  :wave3: . . . Animated yellow smiley atop mountain, wearing Alpine hat and waving

: wave2 :  . . . .   :wave2: . . . . . Animated yellow smiley smiling and waving

: drink : . . . . . . :drink: . .  Animated smiley gulps down five glasses of *something* then collapses out of view

 

 

... and that's the ten!

 

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Omg! I've found more smilies! :D

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Thanks for the reminder, Pawse -- it's time for another ten (just remember to omit any internal spaces in the codes:

 

Code . . . . . . . . Smiley . . . . . . Description

 

: dinner :  . . . . . :dinner: . . . . . Yellow smiley with chef's hat holds hot sausage on platter, animated steam

: LOL5 :  . . . . . . .  :lol5: . . . . .  Animated yellow smiley laughs uproariously and points to our right

: ROFL :  . . . . . .  :rofl: . . . . . .  Animated yellow smiley with arms & legs rolls on floor laughing uproariously

: LOL4 :  . . . . . . .  :lol4: . . . . . . .  Animated yellow smiley grins and bounces as though chuckling or snickering

: embarrassed :  :embarrassed: . . . . . .  Yellow smiley with feet blushes, blinks & uses animated hands to cover face

: tongue2 :  . . . .  :tongue2: . . . . . . .  Animated yellow smiley sticks out its tongue and wiggles its hands at us

: tongue :  . . . . .  :tongue: . . . . . .  Animated yellow smiley sticks tongue WAY out and wiggles fingers at us

: naughty :  . . . . . .  :naughty: . . . . . . .  Yellow smiley leers at us and wiggles its animated eyebrows

 

: bouncy :  . . . . . . . :bouncy: . . . . . . .  Standard yellow smiley bounces excitedly up and down like a rubber ball

: evil :  . . . . . . . . .  :evil: . . . . . . .  Red devil face grins against background of animated flames

 

... and that's it for now.

 

 

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I see it's been nearly six months since I added to this list -- so here we go with ten more (as always, just remember to omit any internal spaces in the codes):

 

Code . . . . . . . . Smiley . . . . . . Description

 

: wtf :  . . . . . . . .  :wtf: . . . . . Basically the "blink" emotie holding a "WTF" sign

: brett :  . . . . . . . :brett: . . . . . . Tiny portrait of Jeremy Brett as Holmes

: lovedoc :  . . . . .  :lovedoc: . . . . . . . Yellow smiley face wearing stethoscope with pulsating heart at end

: patpatpat :  . . .  :patpatpat: . . . . . .  Blue smiley face grinning and patting red frowning face on the head

: tongue3 :  . . . . .  :tongue3:  . . . . . .  Gray smiley face with arms & legs, blowing a silent "raspberry"

: cheeky :  . . . . .  :cheeky:  . . . .  Buttocks blowing out a yellow face, which looks shocked and crawls back inside *

: evilinside :  . . .  :evilinside: . . . .  Yellow smiley face with halo splits apart to reveal red laughing devil face

: inlove :  . . . . . . . . :inlove:  . . . . . .  Yellow smiley face with red hearts blinking on and off overhead

: blowmytop :  . . . .  :blowmytop:  . . . . . . .  Yellow frowning face turns red and vents steam from the top of its head

: applause :  . . . .  :applause:  . . . . . .  Blue-green grinning face, clapping its hands

 

And that's another ten!

 

 

* don't blame me, I didn't make these up!

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Where's the fun if we can't blame the messenger.

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I :wub: these emotes - they're awesome! :P

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Absolutely fantastic!   :D

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Ouch!  It's been over two years since I added any codes?  Bad Carol!
 
Well, then, without further ado, here are ten more (as usual, you'll need to omit any internal spaces within the codes):

 

 

Code . . . . . . . . Smiley . . . . . . Description

 

: zzz : . . . . . . . . . .  :zzz: . . . yellow smiling face, eyes closed, z's coming out (sleep)

: violin2 : . . . . . . .  :violin2:  . . . . . yellow face playing violin with animated arm & bow

: soapbox :  . . . . .  :soapbox: . . .  red face standing on soapbox, waving fist & "swearing"

: cry : . . . . . . . . . .  :cry:  . . . . .  gray face looking miserable, crying copious blue tears

: nope_sad :  . . . .  :nope_sad:  . . . . . . gray face looks sad and shakes head "no"

: grovel :  . . . . . . .  :grovel:  . . . .  gray face with arms & legs kneels and bows to our right

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  (Note that "worship" below is same but to our left)

: hugz :  . . . . . .  :hugz: . . . .  yellow face runs to red face; they hug and emit hearts

: boing : . . . . . . .  :boing:  . . .  red face with ears bounces up & down and blinks

: skull : . . . . . . . . .  :skull: . . . .  gray skull, facing us

: coffee :  . . . . . .  :coffee: .  yellow face fills carafe at coffee machine, drinks it all

 

... and that's the ten!  As usual, please post any corrections, etc.

 

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Thanks Carol,

I like to take a peek here when using unusual emoticon because most of the time my toolbar is missing in my mobile version.

 

I'm waiting to see how would you describe this :cheeky:

 

Wait you had that in previous page! :lol5:

: cheeky : . . . . . :cheeky: . . . . Buttocks blowing out a yellow face, which looks shocked and crawls back inside *

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: violin : . . . . . . . .  :violin2:  . . . . . yellow face playing violin with animated arm & bow

 

The toolbar on my comp says the code for this one is : violin2 : ...?

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I like the dragon!  :dragon:

 

And the goldfish!  :goldfish:

 

My next goldfish is getting named Mycroft.

 

 

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: violin : . . . . . . . .  :violin2:  . . . . . yellow face playing violin with animated arm & bow

 

The toolbar on my comp says the code for this one is : violin2 : ...?

 

Oops!  Thank you!  *off to fix it*

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