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emoticon
Abbreviation for emotion icon. In electronic communication, a multi-character symbol, created with ASCII characters, to express emotions and physical characteristics that would normally be communicated by body language and facial expressions in face-to-face communication. Note: Emoticons are most often used in informal e-mail messages and newsgroup postings and are usually designed to be viewed sideways. Some examples of emoticons are:

Symbol Meaning Why?
:-) happiness a smiley face
:-( unhappiness, disappointment a frown
;-) slyness, "just kidding" a wink
:-o surprise, shock open mouth
:-\ irony tilted mouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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