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(contraction of emotion + icon) A combination of punctuation marks, and sometimes other characters, first used in electronic mail and intended to convey the mood of the writer; emoticons are also called smileys, regardless of mood. Standard keyboard characters are used to make faces sideways on the line (see table).

Emoticon.Examples of some emoticons

Subjects: Computing — Media Studies.

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