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Some forums have this emoticon: :hsugh: that you could choose to post with your messages. The resulting graphic looks like this: enter image description here

What's the meaning of this emoticon? What emotion does it convey?

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closed as off-topic by JSBձոգչ, tylerharms, Kristina Lopez, tchrist, Mitch Dec 17 '13 at 18:49

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the meaning of emoticons, not English as such. – FumbleFingers Nov 28 '13 at 16:38
I'm guessing that it's either derived from "sigh", but spelled incorrectly (it does look like someone who's a little disappointed and maybe is going to sigh). The only other possible thing I can think of is that it's derived from "ugh", a word that is usually uses to express stronger negative emotions (horror, disgust) than this little icon seems to be feeling. – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Nov 28 '13 at 16:50
I have no problem with this question. It is about the English word or phrase for something. To me it is a translation question. – Matt E. Эллен Dec 2 '13 at 13:40
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about emoticons. – JSBձոգչ Dec 17 '13 at 14:43
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OK, so a quick google brought me to this page.

hsugh breaks down into two parts: hs and ugh.

hs means "happy sad". This is the emoticon for that: happy sad smiley

ugh is a sort of feeling of confusion (I think, although it might be disgust, or both). This is the emoticon for that: ugh smiley

So merging them together you get hsugh, some kind of happy-sad feeling of confusion.

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Sounds like a question for Cognitive Sciences lol – user52080 Nov 28 '13 at 17:08
One forum I'm on uses :err: for the second one. – Andrew Leach Nov 28 '13 at 17:10

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