Imagine the following (chat) conversation:
John: Can you name all the presidents?
Marry: I thought they already had names ^_^
The text smiley
^_^ - or alternatively
;) - indicates irony. There are multiple ways to put that answer in spoken language (+countenance):
- dead pan, monotone voice (tends to be sarcastic, may also be an angry, serious answer - no winking smiley in that case)
- slightly grinning, dynamic voice (reply indicates kindly meant joke)
- exaggerated intonation, ending at a high pitch like a (rhetoric) question, with mouth and eyes wide open to indicate that a joyful reaction is expected (and possibly kept until the others get the joke)
Is there a word for the latter? How is this expression or feeling called, waiting for the reaction to the funny answer?
This smiley expresses it quite well: