• Hidden Skype Emoticons and Smileys

    We use Skype all day, every day, to give English classes, meet with each other, and generally to conduct business and communicate with friends around the globe. One of my favorite things about Skype has always been the emoticons – the people and symbols you can create usually by clicking the little smiley face in the lower right corner of the chat window. Often they’re funny, and they can sometimes be used to express something important.

    The other day I was chatting with a colleague, who accidentally asked a question I had answered moments before. He sent me this when he realized his mistake:
    I had never seen this emoticon before! I immediately began doing web searches to find other hidden or secret Skype emoticons, and came up with this list. To use them, type in the word, with the parentheses into Skype chat. For instance, (drunk) typed into the chat box will produce the image above.

    (soccer) : A little soccer player that juggles the ball.

    (mooning) : A man with his pants down and his butt pointing at the viewer. Possibly offensive. Don’t send this one to your boss.

    (rock) : One of my favorites, a little emoticon face giving the heavy metal symbol.

    (facepalm) : A way to show frustration, a smiley slapping himself in the face.

    (wtf) : Try it. It’s funny.

    (swear) : Similar to (wtf). These symbols are used in English in place of writing offensive language.

    (tmi) : In English TMI stands for “too much information.” Someone is telling you something that you don’t want to hear about – maybe about their sex life, or their bathroom habits.

    (smoking) : A smiley smoking way too many cigarettes.

    (bug) : A dead bug.

    (oliver) : A funny little smiley with glasses.

    (tovio) : A funny guy with a dog.

    (zilmer) : Another funny guy.

    (headbang) : Smiley banging its head against a wall. Another way to show frustration.

    (hollest) : A pair of women’s legs that walk around.

    (heidy) : A little squirrel.

    (poolparty) : A guy who is ready for the swimming pool.

    Do you know some more? Let us know in comments.

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