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What does $-) stand for?

$-) stands for Yuppie (emoticon)

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  • Slang/chat, popular culture

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Yuppies lived in luxury flats and had lots of money, fun and sex - and everyone hated them for it, so the phrase "Yuppie" caught on.
When, in the early 1980s, mobile phones were the size of a couple of bricks and were operated with some difficulty and theatrical pretension by early model, red-braced yuppies and bullish property developers in big City suits, the traditional red GPO phone box has announced an "adopt-a-kiosk of Alan Duncan, architect of Liverpool's Anglican cathedral and Waterloo Bridge – are fine works of small-scale architecture.
The Scuppie - Socially Conscious Upwardly-mobile Person NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Earth Day will mark a significant point in the evolution of the American lexicon -- the death of the Yuppie and the birth of the Scuppie (Socially Conscious Upwardly-mobile Person).
The faith's growing popularity reflects a yearning for meaning among China's yuppies, who increasingly are attracted to Buddhism's rejection of materialism and emphasis on the transitory nature of life.