Say It with a Smiley

[This is the third in a series about e-mail. Read earlier posts under the category e-mail.]

Emoticons, short for "emotion icons," and also known as smileys, are punctuation combinations that can help soften an informal message. Here are some frequently used emoticons and their definitions. Use them in moderation; too many can make your messages look too doodled-on.

: )happy

: (unhappy

; )wink, jest

: Dlaughing

: Oshocked

: pgiving the raspberries, poking out tongue

>: (mad