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emoticon

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Second edition

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780198609810
Published online January 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191727047
emoticon

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a representation of a facial expression such as a smile or frown, formed by various combinations of keyboard characters and used in electronic communications to convey the writer's feelings or intended tone. The word is recorded from the 1990s, and is a blend of ...

Reference Entry.  48 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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