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emoticon

(EMOTional ICON) A pictorial expression of feeling in a message rendered as text or an icon. Carnegie Mellon professor Scott Fahlman is credited with creating the "smiley" using the text characters :-) in an online message in 1982 (the first emoticon).

Pronounced "e-mo-tih-con," the symbols are stored in the Unicode character set. Word processing, email and other character-based programs may automatically convert emoticon text into an icon, especially the smiley. In addition, applications may include a palette of emoticons to choose from. See emoji, emotag, Unicode and alphanumerish.






 Emoticon   Meaning

  :-)     smiley, happy face

  :-(     frown

  ;-)     wink

  :-D     big smile

  :-O     mouth open in amazement

  :-Q     tongue hanging out in nausea

  :-{)    moustache

  :-{)}   moustache and beard

  8-)     wears glasses

  (-:     left handed or Australian

  :*)     red nosed, suggesting inebriation





A Smiley Menu
In the Eudora email program, users have a variety of smiley emoticons to choose from on the menu.






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