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emoticon vs. emoji

emoticon vs. emoji: What's the difference?

An emoticon is a sequence of keyboard characters used to illustrate a facial expression (or to render some kind of picture or symbol), such as : ) for a smile, : ( for a frown, XD for a laughing face, or O_O for surprise. An emoji is a small image used alongside or in place of text. Many depict facial expressions (such as 🙂 and 🙁), but there are many, many other kinds (such as 👍, 💙, and 🐈). Despite their similarity in form and meaning, the words are not etymologically related: emoticon comes from a combination of the words emotion and icon, while emoji comes from a Japanese term meaning “pictograph,” from e, “picture, drawing,” and moji, “(written) character, letter.”

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  1. 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.
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  1. a small digital picture or pictorial symbol that represents a thing, feeling, concept, etc., used in text messages and other electronic communications and usually part of a standardized set: She texted me an emoji of “money with wings,” which probably means she’s out shopping.

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