Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Orz, = =, and ˊ∀ˋ.

We have all seen :-) and :-( for happy and sad faces. There is ;-) for the winking face.
So popular have they become that a Russian business man, Oleg Teterin has trademarked this:
But what is orz? What is XD?

Internet users are becoming more and more fluent in the language of the emoticon. An icon that represents an emotion. Smiley faces adorn most chats on the internet whatever the platform, be it Facebook, Plurk, MSN chat, Skype or whatever. If you want to tell someone how you are feeling these days it is a lot more simple with an emoticon.' :-)' or 'I am pleased with this statement'. There are still lots of subtleties that are lost with these emoticons. However they are becoming more and more diverse to cope with all manner of situation.

In Asia there are an almost completely different set of emoticons, while many are similar to their Western cousins, some are altogether different.

So, what is "orz"? Well, "orz" is like other icons that represent a face, only this one represents a whole body. The "O" or "o" represents one's head on the ground, "r" forms the torso and "z" forms the legs. This is a despairing person kneeling down, or a person kneeling in reverence.

囧 is a funny one. This is an old less often used Chinese character that means "patterned window" or "brightness" It is pronounced 'Jiong'. However, of late is has come to take on a new meaning. The character looks like a face and it is commonly used to express ideas or feelings such as annoyance, shock, embarrassment, awkwardness or scorn.

Most other ones are faces. The "XD" is a smiling face, and "XDDDDDDDDD" is a really, really, really smiley face.

I will give you a few others - see if you can work out their meanings.

= = ˊ3ˋ ˊ∀ˋ d^_^b @_@

QQ = .=|| > _ < ''*o*'' ^_^

Good Luck.

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