When the email started, users discovered the problem. The solid statements and words on the computer monitor did not come very well to emotions or intentions.
Almost everything sounded terrible and hard. It was difficult to pass the sound in which the message was intended.

To solve this problem, users have created symbols to convey emotions and express emotions. These symbols are called "smiling". Another term for "emoticons" that are emotional icons.

Although there are hundreds of symbols, the most common emoticon is the smiling face. This is generated by entering a colon, a hyphen and a closed parenthesis. It will appear :-). It can also appear without the nose (ie without a dash) like this :).

If this problem turns out, check this symbol :-). Then sit down your head to the left. Or put your left ear on your left shoulder. Now do you see the smiling face?


Emoticons are beautiful and you should use them when sending email to your friends. But are these symbols appropriate for professional e-mail correspondence? The answer is – it depends.

Emoticons are not part of ultra formal correspondence. But what about the less formal situations? Can you use smiley in informal business correspondence, where you can feel comfortable with the recipient? Yeah, as long as you're cautious.


First, is this level of suitability right this situation? If informality is acceptable, it is okay to use emoticons. However, if there is a chance that the beneficiary considers it less professional or less credible because of such informal nature, do not use emoticons.

Second, will the recipient of the message notify the smileys? Not everyone knows these little symbols. If the person has sent you emoticon messages, you can be sure you understand. Anyway, you do not really know for sure.

Here is the final cautious word. If you have any doubts, leave emoticons.


Even if you never send an email containing emoticons, you should know what they mean. One day someone may send you an email that contains emoticons.

Here's a list of the most popular emoticons. Test yourself. Discover the definitions with a piece of paper and see how many you know or guess without looking at the answers.

Definition of Smileys (Emoticons)

    Smiley (Emoticon) Definition 
1. :) or :-) smile (happy)
2. :( or :-( frown (sad)
3 .: (crying
4. O :) or O :-) angelic
5 .: D or :-D laughing
6: - apathetic
7. x- (cerebral wave)
8: - very angry
9: * or: - * kiss
10;) or ;-) wink (light sarcasm) 11.
:-p sticking tongue
- and tongue bound

Advanced Tips for Experts of Emotions

For those who are moody professionals, here's a more advanced tip. How are you dying your makeup? The smiley is at the end of the sentence after the punctuation. Here's an example. šŸ™‚

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