The unorthodox arrangement of grammatical symbols to express emotion dates back to the nineteenth century, when it was used sparingly and for humorous effect. It wasn't until 1982 that Scott Falman, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, began using smiley and frown-faced emoticons in his inter-department computer communications. Over the decades since then, multiple variations of emoticon have been conceived to represent a wide range of feelings and intents. Some of the more popular emoticons to be developed, particularly among computer-using singles, are the flirtatious emoticons. These symbols work well to convey a feeling when words fail.
Press the semicolon key. Follow this by pressing down the "shift" key while pressing the "0" key to type a right side parentheses. This is the "wink" emoticon, used to playfully signal an interest in someone.
It should look like this: ;)
Press the "shift" key down while pressing the semicolon key. Continue pressing the "shift" key down and press the "8" key to type an asterisk, followed by pressing the "0" key to type a right-side parentheses. This is the "blushing" emoticon, used to convey demureness when complimented.
It should look like this: :*)
Press the "shift" key down and press the comma key at the lower-right corner of your keyboard. Take your finger off the "shift" key and press the "3" key. This is the heart emoticon, usually used to express deeper feelings between people who have been in communication for awhile.
It should look like this: <3
Press the "shift" key down and press the "6" key. Continue pressing the "shift" key down as you press the "dash" key at the upper-right corner of your keyboard, followed by the "6" key again. This is the "closed eye smile" emotion, used in the same way as the "blush" emoticon to convey a coy, innocent demeanor.
It should look like this: ^_^
Press the "shift" key down and press the semicolon key. Continue pressing the "shift" key down while pressing the "8" key. This is the "kiss" emoticon, used to convey a definite romantic interest in the person with whom you're communicating.
It should look like this: :*
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