Many of you are aware that O_o and its variants are not smilies. Smilies are :-) or :) or whatever: a profile of a face, intended to be viewed sideways. O_o, on the other hand, translates to “I am a fucktard”.

For example:

List:       linux-kernel
Subject:    Re: Locking scheme to block less
Message-ID: <41183DA5.6060602 () comcast ! net> wrote:

> or if you would care to RTFS and find that it does...

o_o I haven't found it.

Realistically speaking, is there any way to translate the last line of that message other than: “I am a fucktard. I haven’t found it.”?

See also…

Update: If you’re Japanese, it’s probably OK.