Less Than Greater Than EmoticonsThis is a list of Less Than and Greater Than Emoticons, also known as Tag Emoticons. They were used in IRCs and emails early on.
Letters in between less than and greater than signs, asterisks, or parentheses added emotion to sentences before horizontal emoticons were popularized.
The letters are usually acronyms for an expression, like <bg> for Big Grin.
|<g> / *g* / (G)||Grin||🙂|
|<gg> / <bg> / <G>||Big Grin||😃|
|<vbg> / (VBG)||Very Big Grin||😄|
|<beg>||Big Evil Grin||😈|
|<vbeg>||Very Big Evil Grin||😈|
|<weg>||Wicked Evil Grin||😈|
|<d&r>||Ducking and Running||🏃|
|<gd&r>||Grinning, Ducking and Running||🏃😏|
|<gd&rvf> / <gd&rvvf> etc.||Grinning, Ducking and Running Very Fast||🏃💨😏|
|<s> / *s* / (S)||Smile||🙂|
|<vbseg>||Very Big S***-Eating Grin||😏|