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Smilies -also known as graemlins or emoticons- are keyboard characters used to convey an emotion, such as a smile :) or a frown :(. This message board automatically converts certain smilies to a graphical representation, which we call graemlins. For example, if you type :o in your post, it will automatically be converted to - a shameful face. You can use our Instant Graemlins buttons for automatic generation.

It turns out that many of these simple words and gestures have different meanings around the world, so we've added some explanations to help you figure out what they're supposed to mean.

The following graemlins are currently supported:

:)A smile. The poster is happy.
:(A frown. The poster is sad.
:DA Big Grin. The poster is very happy!
:cry:Tears. The poster is very sad!
:wink:Wink. "It'll be our little secret!"
:-PRazz. Gentle teasing.
:cool:Cool. The poster is satisfied.
:rolleyes:Roll Eyes. Sarcasm or disbelief.
:hunf:The poster doesn't know what to say.
:mad:An angry face.
:eek:Eek! Scared or horrified. Used for really gross code!
:confused:A confused face. The poster doesn't understand something.
:shock:A shocked face. The poster can't believe it!
:argh:Argh! Frustration.
:sleep:A sleeping face. The poster is tired or bored.
:pissed:A very angry face.
:jumpingjoy:Jumping for joy. The poster is very happy!
:beerchug:A toast. The poster is saluting you by raising his glass!
:censored:You should leave this very angry person alone before you get yelled at.
:banghead:Banging your head against the wall. The poster is very frustrated!
:rolling:Rolling on the floor in laughter!
:thumbup:Thumbs up! Denotes congratulations or approval.
:thumbdown:Thumbs down! Denotes disapproval.
:-oSurprised! Poster is surprised.
:mrgreen:Mr. Green! Denotes a big cheesy grin.

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