https://www.duolingo.com/RajdowyGuziec

Russian smileys

Maybe this question is a little silly but I wonder: why don't Russians use smileys like the rest of the world -- ":)" or ":-)" -- but they use ")" instead?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

Because ":" is on the button "6" in the Russian keyboard layout, which is difficult to press together with the "Shift" button.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olja.
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Какое хорошее объяснение. Даже не задумывалась))))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RajdowyGuziec

It makes sense, thank you :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nikolai_Novikov
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Im used to english keyboard so my smileys often look like ЖВ which with considerable imagination and pre-knowledge can be interpreted as a buck-toothed person laughing really hard (eyes are shut in laughter >< )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
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and where is ")" on your layout? Do you press this button without "shift"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

That's one symbol, not two or three, and ) is closer to "shift".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2E3S
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I chat mostly to English speakers and most often I use just parenthesis anyway))) I see my Russian speaking colleagues doing the same (no matter from which soviet part they are from). I think now this is a cultural feature.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
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Many Russians use all these smileys

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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another plus of the ) smilies is that you can regulate how much you're "laughing", the more ) the funnier the thing is

same thing works with (

also some people use ХД for xD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SilverCharacter
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Really?! ХД is a thing? That's quite cool.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatyaZykova

Yes, I've seen it used, but only among those who know the original xD smiley. Otherwise it doesn't make sense.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JesseLeona4

I can interpret "ХД" as laughing but then at the same time it looks like someone in pain.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EirieV

I was also told that the reason for using ")" instead of ":)" is that there was a certain limit for symbols in sms years ago, so people tried to make their messages shorter, and then it just became a habit.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nikolai_Novikov
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))))) scare/annoy the hell out of me - eyeless creatures with many mouths

And without eyes there is no way to distinguish between ): and (: (or) :) and :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/homka89
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просто потому что это удобно)))) и так понятно что скобка значит улыбку или грустное выражение лица. зачем еще две точки ставить??

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RajdowyGuziec

When I saw it for the first time in a message from my friend I was confused, I thought he closed a bracket which he forgot to open in the first place ;-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/homka89
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I understand you) more carriers of the Russian language when writing posts to express emotions using multiple question marks (????) or multiple exclamation marks (!!!!!). The surprise is usually shown here these characters: "!?" If the message want to highlight what that ONE WORD or TWO WORDS, then write them through Shift

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daughterofAlbion
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Really? I used to use capitalisation to emphasise a particular word in a sentence and found people thought I was angry. I've now adapted to the convention of extended vowels for emphasis.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hinata_BOKE
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ain't nobody got time for ":" why bother when it's clear that this guy ")" is a happy face, and this fellow "(" is a sad one.

8 months ago
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