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How do you find out what certain cell phone text symbols mean?

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Find out the meaning of certain text symbols by consulting online dictionaries such as Netlingo and Emojipedia. These sites contain a wide range of definitions for traditional text emoticons, straight-on emoticons and more modern emojis.

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Netlingo’s list of smileys and emoticons contains a comprehensive selection of the most popular basic text emoticons used by traditional cellphones and computers. While the site’s listings are not especially sophisticated, it does list a huge number of emoticons and their conventionally-accepted meanings. While most traditional emoticons are interpreted by viewing the symbols as if one’s head were tilted to the left, there are also straight-on emoticons that are presented horizontally. Netlingo does not contain as comprehensive a dictionary of straight-on smileys, but the site does offer tips to help users interpret them. The site also offers a section explaining the basics of emojis.

Emojipedia is a comprehensive site that catalogs and details the meanings behind the more modern emoji icons. These graphically-sophisticated color icons are the modern successors to emoticions, and their higher pixel count means they can depict a wider range of content. The site features collections of emojis for all the most popular operating platforms, including Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and twitter. Users can also browse emojis by category.

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