Big Evil Grin

What Does Big Evil Grin Mean?

A big evil grin (BEG) is a specific example of emoticon art that depicts a face with eyebrows and a wide grin. A BEG is often used when a person makes a sly or mischievous comment. This and other emoticons are useful across many different types of digital communication media.

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Techopedia Explains Big Evil Grin

Users create emoticons in digital typing to convey emotion through email, on the Internet, in chat rooms or on social media platforms like Facebook. A big evil grin is a specific idea in emoticon art that can be expressed several different ways.

The most primitive example of a BEG emoticon is done by keyboard typing and looks like this:

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Another way to make a BEG emoticon is to use pre-approved codes from developers; for example, Facebook has a list of keyboard shortcuts for creating graphical depictions of a BEG. Most of these feature a round yellow face.

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