Because let's face it, when faced with a face going :3 you don't necessarily know what the heck is going on. Never fear, Icarus is here to explain what a : / is, and when to use it.
If I missed anything let me know and I'll add it.
:) ---this is pretty straighforward. You are smiling.
:D --You are now super-enthusiastic.
^_^ ---Contentment, can be substituted for :)
:] ---still smiley. Seriously, if it looks like a smiley, it's probably a smiley.
8) --Crazed smiley. SOMEONE has had too much sugar. Or glasses.
8D ---OH GOSH WHO GOT THE MOUNTAIN DEW. YOU ARE SO EXCITED YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH YOURSELF.
d(^_^) ---thumbs up!
;) ---You know what I'm talking about/it's a secret/jk/flirty. Just depends on the context.
-_o ---It's a secret/mystery/non-flirty smiley.
O_o ---Wut? or OMG, did this actually just happen? Or WHY?!
!_! --REALLY SURPRISED AND/OR AMAZED!
@_@ ---Really surprised or overwhelmed. Also: Shiny object.
>_> ---shifty eyes. It can mean most anything, from 'yep' to 'I c what u did there'. When used with <_< it means looking around warily or sneakily.
:3 ---Pleased with oneself. Or making cat faces.
:3c --Cat face with little paw for added cuteness
&D ---Same as 8D
^.^ --Same as ^_^
>:) ---Evil grin
>:D --Diabolical grin
: / --'eh', 'meh', whatcha gonna do, mild distress, empathy
xP -- MEH
:P --Yep/whatevs/okay/mild annoyance/tongue in cheek
;P ---Mock annoyed/joking
:O or :o ----SHOCK! SURPRISE!
:S ---Unhappy, confused
¯\(°_o)/ --I dunno lol
:" ---Kissy Face
T_T ---WHHYYYYYY (similar to X_x)
-----/\^-----/\^-----/\^-----/\^-----/\^---_________________________ -flatlining heart monitor
/)(^3^)(\ ---Rainbow Dash
:<) -- Happy Mustache Man
:<( --Sad Mustache Man
:^) -- Happy Man w/ Nose
:^( --Sad Man w/ Nose
>:^( --Angry Man w/ Nose
I'o'I -- DIGLET!
I almost CERTAINLY forgot some of these, but paste 'em in there and I'll translate them/add them.
LOL---laughing out loud (duh)
alsfdkjadslfkjasd;lfjkasd----this is a keyboard mash. It signifies excitement.
BRB---be right back
BBL ---be back later
TTYL --talk to you later
BBT --be back tomorrow
GTG ---got to go
SMH --shaking my head
IDK --I don't know
IKR --I know, right?
IMO --in my opinion
IMHO --In my honest/humble opinion
WTH --what the heck! [usually WTF]
lmao ---laughing my @$$ off. Add extra letters for extra degrees of entertained
noob ---an annoying juvenile person
newb --a new person who doesn't know the ropes yet
RPG --Role-Playing Game...or Rocket Propelled Grenade
IC --In character
OOC --out of character
PIS---plot induced stupidity
CIS ---character induced stupidity
WIS--writer induced stupidity
TOAA ---The One Above All
TDKR --The Dark Knight Returns
Pre-Crisis ---Happening before Crisis on Infinite Earths
Post-Crisis---Happening after Crisis on Infinite Earths
BFR ---battle field removal....changing the battleground
SBP --Superboy Prime
IRL--In Real Life
IIRC --If I remember correctly
OTP---One True Pairing (in shipping)
Shipping---Romantically pairing two (or more) characters regardless of canon, company, or continuity.
OC---Original Character. A non-established character in comic continuity, usually used for fan-fiction or certain styles of RPGs.
TY - Thank You
FTW - For The Win
AV (av or avi) - Avatar
WoW - World of Warcraft
GoW - God Of War or Gear of War
RIP - Rest in Pease
OMG - Oh My God
Feat - Feature/What someone has done or displayed
OP --this can mean either 'original post' (the first post of a topic), or over-powered.
adjective/descriptor!name ---AU or descriptive character version. For example, Red Rain would be vampire!Batman, or Red Son would be Soviet!Superman.
COIE ---Crisis On Infinite Earths
TBH---to be honest
AU ---Alternate Universe
Elseworlds ---A non-canon DC story, typically featuring a completely alternate universe
What If...? ---the Marvel version of Elseworlds
New52 --Referring to the DC Comics reboot of their universe following the Flashpoint event. This may be abbreviated in a number of ways, including DCnU.
DCU --DC Universe. Typically used to refer to the Pre-New 52 stories.
Retcon ---Retroactive continuity. A change to comic history, altering events from how they originally appeared. EX, changing a character's backstory.
Canon-- The events in a comic universe (or TV show, etc.) regarded as the OFFICIAL sequence of events. Something that's noncanon doesn't count or figure into backstory, etc.
Headcanon ---One's personal canon, i.e, what one regards as canon regardless of what anyone else regards as canon. An example of this might be that you've decided that Batman's favorite food is waffles, even though this has no bearing on continuity.
Continuity -- The official canon, the timeline of a fictional universe.
GPOY -- Gratuitous Picture of Yourself. This is when you take an image or GIF and say that this is basically what you do/are all the time.
ILU ---I love you
IDGAF --I don't give a f#@$
GDI --Gosh darn it.
PWN --Utterly destroy/defeat (Also PWND or PWNED)
Newb --Someone who's new to something
Noob --Someone who's being purposefully difficult and either cheating or barely not cheating to win at something
Curbstomp -- Utterly destroy/defeat
OTL --Shame on oneself
YVW --You're very welcome
YW --You're welcome