via my wonderful, yet Visual Basic-programming ;-) husband, John
Emoticons are ASCII (plain text) graphics. To read these, tilt your head to the left until the dots look like a pair of eyes. (BTW, the noses are optional.)
:-) user is smiling or joking
:-( user is angry or sad
:-o user is surprised or scared
:-@ user is screaming or cursing
:-I user is perplexed
:') user's tongue is in user's cheek; or user's nose is out of joint.Context counts for this one.
;-) user is being mischievous or sarcastic
8-) user wears glasses, and is smiling
:-# Well, shut my mouth!
Note: Cyber regulars frequently include additional clues to denote their frame of mind by enclosing information in brackets. Examples: (giggle),