[ ih-moh-ti-kon ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ tɪˌkɒn /
Computers. a digital icon or a sequence of keyboard symbols that serves to represent a facial expression, as :‐) for a smiling face. Emoticons are used in a digital message or text to convey the writer’s emotions or clarify intent.
Should We Use Emoji In Work Emails?When it comes to sending emails that are serious or professional in nature, some worry that using emoji makes them look childish. Others simply don't like them. So, what's an emoji user to do?
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Examples from the Web for emoticons
Two years ago Facebook stopped limiting its emoticons to smiley faces and whatever those new blobs and cat memes are.Seven Hacks to Revolutionize Your Facebook Experience|Nina Strochlic|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Stickers, according to the company, are "different than emoticons."Facebook Is Giving Users More Ways to Express Themselves. And It’s Terrible.|Winston Ross|August 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for emoticons
/ (ɪˈməʊtɪˌkɒn) /
any of several combinations of symbols used in electronic mail and text messaging to indicate the state of mind of the writer, such as :-) to express happiness
Word Origin for emoticon
C20: from emot (ion) + icon
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Word Origin and History for emoticons
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