emoticon is a term that evolved in internet culture from mailing list and usenet users.
(something I've always wondered is how to pronounce the word. "emote-icons"?, "emohshicons"?)
During the early days, someone [anyone have more details here?] used the ASCII string :-)
to indicate a smile.LV
According to http://news.com.com/2100-1023-957817.html
, research was done to identify who, and when, the first emoticon was used. :-)
Re: History of "emoticons" try: http://www.fastcompany.com/launch/launch_feature/emoticon.html
or Google for "Scott Fahlman" -- Dave Griffin
Since that time, many emoticons have evolved [someone want to put some urls here to emoticon encyclopedias - preferably freely distributable ones??]
In recent years, several of the graphical messaging clients have added a graphical touch - converting ascii strings typed by the users into some icon.Tkchat
recently added this functionality. Some of the emoticons it supports includes:
:-( :^( :( - cry!
8-( 8^( 8( 8-| 8^| 8| - growl
LOL lol - Laugh Out Loud
>:( >:-( >:^( - mad
:-o :^o :o :-O :^O :O - surprise
:-) :^) :) - smile
:-D :^D :D - big smile
<:-) <:^) <:) - dorky smile
8-) 8^) 8) - smiley with glasses
:-p :^p :p - animated smiley with tongue
;/ ;-/ ;^/ :/ :-/ :^/ 8/ 8-/ 8^/ - smirk with glasses
:-P :^P :P - smiley with tongue, 2
(: (^: (-: - upside down
;-) ;^) ;) - animated wink
:-| :^} :8} :} - blush
|O| |o| |0| - gone to eat
zz zzz zzZ zZZ ZZZ ZZ - gone to sleep
LP |_P - A reference to coffee/tea/beer/et cetera (the shape is similar to a cup).
notes that versions as of 42 supports a /smile command (or /smiles /smiley /smileys) to display a window with all the emoticons & which ascii triggers them
[KDCinfo] - 2012-11-16 18:45:48
For sleep, I've always used: ...zzzZZZzzz...