Text Messaging for Teens/Young Adults and Seniors

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History of Text Messaging Symbols

Unbelievably, the use of the emoticons can be traced back to the year 1857. In April 1857, the National Telegraphic Review and Operators Guide documented, for the first time, the use of the number 73 in Morse Code to represent 'love and kisses'. In 1912, Ambrose Bierce, the famous satirist and author of 'The Devil's Dictionary' proposed the use of the symbol \__/! to represent a smiling mouth. In fact, teletype machine operators had been using emoticons even before 1973. Scott Elliot Fahlman, a computer engineer from Carnegie Mellon University, is supposed to be the first person to have proposed the most popular text message symbols or smiley faces, :-) and :-( to be used as joke markers.

Present Day Symbols
The present day symbols follow the process of graphical replacement. Most cell phones are enabled with the feature to replace the use of symbols like :) or :-) into the corresponding smiley face. The punctuation marks :) when used together in instant messengers, is automatically replaced to a smiley representing a smile. In most cases, it is a round yellow head, with two dots representing the two eyes and a curve representing the mouth. Even computer programs like Microsoft Word converts symbols that we type into their respective smileys. Now, without wasting much time, let us take a look at the different symbols and their meanings.

Text Me
ssage Symbols List
The most common combinations of punctuation marks and alphabets which are generally used to represent these symbols, have been explained below with their meanings.

Smiley Face Symbols - Teens and Young Adults

Symbols   Meaning
  :) Smiling, Happy Face, Cheshire Cat Smile (Indicates that you are not to be taken seriously. This is the most commonly used emoticon ever.)
  :-) Smiley Face With a Nose (A more gentlemanly smile)
  ;) Friendly, Flirtatious Wink (Used when flirting, joking or hinting something)
  :-P Tongue Out (Mockery, Playful Banter, Mocking Disapproval)
  :> Evil, Devilish Grin or Happy Smile
  ;-) Wink with Smile (Ironic, Sardonic Humor or Happiness)
  B-) Cool Smile, Smile With Attitude, Smiling With Sunglasses On
  8-) Wide Eyed Smile, Surprised Smile
  :D Laughter, Big Smile, Grin
  :-D Big Laugh
  :-o Shocked, Surprised, Shouting (The 'Oh No!' expression)
  :-# Secrecy ('My Lips are Sealed'), Blowing a Flying Kiss
  :-J Tongue in Cheek Smile ('I know your secret' smile)
  :-( Unhappy, Sad
  O:-) Angelic Smile
  :-))) Big Smile
  :-C Incredibly Jaw Dropping
  :-| Disgust, Plain Neutral Face
  :'-( Crying, Sentimental
  |-) Asleep, Sleepy
  :-|| Angry
  :-* A Kiss
  >:) Devil's Smile
  :-x Kiss
  :-1 Smirk
  >8-D Evil Crazy Laughter
  :-\ Skepticism
  <:-) Dumb Question, Dunce
  :-)8 Sports a bow tie
  [:-) Wearing a Walkman
  :*) Drunk
  [:] Robot
  :-{) Mustache smile
  :-[ Vampire
  |-O Yawns
  :-Q Smoking
  :-9 Licks lips
  :-& Tongue-tied
  :-)-o Doctor, Medical Professional
  *<:-) Santa Claus
  X-( Death/Suicide
  Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/smiley-face-symbols.html

Texting Codes for
Smart Seniors on
Smart Phones

(if you have questions, ask your
grandchildren or buy a
Dummies book ;- )


Teens have their texting codes:
LOL- lots of love.... OMG.....Oh my God...... TTYL....talk to you later..... etc....

Not to be outdone by these kids, now senior members have their own short-hand codes.

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ATD - At the Doctor's

- Best Friend's Funeral

- Bring the Wheelchair

- Bring your own teeth


CUATSC - See You at the Senior Center

- Driving While Incontinent
FWIW - Forgot Where I Was

- Found Your Insulin

- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low

- Got Heartburn Again



LOL - Living on Lipitor

- Texting on Toilet

- Talk to You Louder


- Where are the Prunes?

Hope these help .....
!  (Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In)

Seniors will not be left out of this modern movement ;- )

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