emoticon emoticon  /ə ˈmoʊ tə ˌkɑn/


  • (n) a representation of a facial expression (as a smile or frown) created by typing a sequence of characters in sending email


  1. Facemail faces are lifelike, in a Max Headroom-ish kind of way, and they simulate emotions based on the emoticons--for example, :-)--that you put in your text.
  2. As dictated by the medium, the language of keitai shosetsu is simple and peppered with emoticons.
  3. But if you select the clown, put a few snippy words in an e-mail and add some angry emoticons, you've got Psycho-mail.


  1. Our favorite hidden hacks to spice up your social networks

    Bored of Facebook's emoticons? Tired of Snapchat's color palette? These hidden tips and tricks will take you into the underground, secret side of social networking features that you never knew existed.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Digital Trends

  2. Emoticon Inventor Hates Emoji Because He's a 'Fuddy Duddy' Loser

    The man who invented the emoticon, Scott "fuddy duddy" Fahlman, does not like what you kids have done to his sideways smiley face with all of the hip emoji and sticker trends of the social media, thank you very much. "Sometimes I feel like Dr. Frankenstein," he told The Wall Street Journal's Evelyn M. Rusli. "My creature started as benign but it's gone places I don't approve of." Those "places ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

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  1. "Yes, I am the inventor of the sideways 'smiley face' (sometimes called an 'emoticon') that is commonly used in email, chat and newsgroup posts. Or at least I'm one of the inventors," Fahlman said on the Carnegie Mellon website.
    on Sep 18, 2007 By: Scott E Fahlman Source: VNUNet.com

  2. "Craig jokes about warning not to put in 'the emoticon chip,'" says Imahara. "It's his way of referencing artificial intelligence."
    on Apr 5, 2010 By: Grant Imahara Source: Entertainment Weekly

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