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Forum topic by Gregn posted 12-30-2010 11:44 PM 1576 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2010 11:44 PM

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Hi All,
I have a problem understanding what these symbol things mean or say. I’m not a texting person so I have problems when people post things like :;-><*^#!. I hope I didn’t say anything bad here, but I guess I’m just old school and not up with code breaking lingo. Is there somewhere I can go to get a run down on what these symbols mean. It sure is frustrating.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 11:51 PM

The symbols you posted look like they are some form of a smile face. Some phones and or computers have programs which will insert a picture graphic of a face (Smile face, Sad Face, Mad face, ext ext) If they send a text and they insert a face it can often show up on your end as a collection of symbols. If you had a phone and or computer that had the same program as them it would show as an image and not symbols…

They don’t have to be smile faces either. It could be any type of image or even link that they post and your phone and or computer may just be reading the symbols rather then the images…

At least thats my best guess… I could be wrong..

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 11:52 PM

They are called emoticons.
Use emoticons when you’re messaging with friends to show them how you really feel. Emoticons are emotional graphics—visual ways to express the way you feel when words alone just aren’t enough. Try out all of the Messenger emoticons: To send this: Type this: Smile :-) or :) Open-mouthed :-D or :d Surprised :-O or :o Tongue out :-P or :p Wink ;-) or ;) Sad :-( or :( Confused :-S or :s Disappointed :-| or :| Crying :’( Embarrassed :-$ or :$ Hot (H) or (h) Angry :- or : Angel (A) or (a) Devil (6) Don’t tell anyone :-# Baring teeth 8o| Nerd 8-| Sarcastic ^o) Secret telling :- Sick +o( I don’t know :^) Thinking -) Party <:o) Eye-rolling 8-) Sleepy |-) Coffee cup© or© Thumbs up (Y) or (y) Thumbs down (N) or (n) Beer mug (B) or (b) Martini glass (D) or (d) Girl (X) or (x) Boy (Z) or (z) Left hug ({) Right hug (}) Vampire bat :-[ or :[ Birthday cake (^) Red heart (L) or (l) Broken heart (U) or (u) Red lips (K) or (k) Gift with a bow (G) or (g) Red rose (F) or (f) Wilted rose (W) or (w) Camera (P) or (p) Filmstrip (~) Cat face (@) Dog face (&) Telephone receiver (T) or (t) Light bulb (I) or (i) Note (8) Sleeping half-moon (S) Star (*) E-mail (E) or (e) Clock (O) or (o) MSN Messenger icon (M) or (m) Snail (sn) Black Sheep (bah) Plate (pl) Bowl (||) Pizza (pi) Soccer ball (so) Auto (au) Airplane (ap) Umbrella (um) Island with a palm tree (ip) Computer (co) Mobile Phone (mp) Stormy cloud (st) Lightning (li) Money (mo)

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 11:56 PM

heres one

just google

there is abbreviations too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 11:58 PM

patron has the best one

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 01:38 AM

Thanks Guys,
Now I can figure out what LJ’s are saying when they include them in their post.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 01:51 AM


(that’d be a wink and a smile combined..the sort of thing y’all use to make sure

people understand you aren’t SERIOUS !..oh and all caps is either emphasis, like this one,

or just rude ‘cause it’s viewed as yelling ….)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 04:46 AM

Gosh GMman, just how old are you? just out of school!!!! You make the rest of us feel soooooooooo old!! , with exceptions of the great Patron here! :-) Thats a great chart to refer to, half of them I didn’t know existed.

Oh in regard to the capital thing, there is a LJ here that finds it hard to read when he types so he uses capitals so he can read it, so he is excluded from the shouting thing!!!

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 12-31-2010 05:08 AM

TJ65 the photo in my avatar is or was my 2nd car so maybe you can figure my age. lol lo

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#9 posted 12-31-2010 05:19 AM

$#!^ or %$*@ are four letter words.

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#10 posted 12-31-2010 06:48 AM

I, too, am impressed GMman!! 8;-)) (me laughing and winking with a fur hat because it is cold out tonight)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-10-2011 05:46 AM

Take that GMman

(I don’t have a clue on what I just typed)

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#12 posted 01-10-2011 06:02 AM

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#13 posted 01-10-2011 06:24 AM

just gotta love technology. Just got a new droid and have to learn what all the widgits and apps look like and what they mean. Who thinks this stuff up/

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#14 posted 01-15-2011 04:25 PM

I work with a LOT of our older population. Personally, I find the following text message codes absolutely hysterical. Just picture to text alarm going off in the nursing home….

ATD: At The Doctor’s
BFF: Best Friend Farted
BTW: Bring The Wheelchair
BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM: Covered By Medicare
CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center
DYHAC: Do You Have a Coupon?
DWI: Driving While Incontinent
FWB: Friend With Beta Blockers
FWIW: Forgot Where I Was
FYI: Found Your Insulin
GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
GHA: Got Heartburn Again
HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement
HYSMT: Have You Seen My Teeth?
IITTEY: Is It Time To Eat Yet?
IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?
LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
LOL: Living On Lipitor
LWO: Lawrence Welk’s On
OMMR: On My Massage Recliner
OMSG: Oh My! Sorry, Gas.
ROFL… CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing… And Can’t Get Up
SGGP: Sorry, Gotta Go Poop
TTYL: Talk To You Louder
WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?
WTFA: Wet The Furniture Again
WTBF: Will There Be Food?
WTP: Where’s The Prunes?
WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#15 posted 01-15-2011 06:17 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had the patience to just spell it out and we would not have to GUESS at what the meaning is ?
I guess texting while walking and driving doesn’t allow time to spell it out completely

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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