Etymology
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emoticon (n.)

"pictorial representation of a facial expression using punctuation or other keyboard characters," by 1992, apparently from emotion + icon.

An emoticon is an emotional icon, or a pictorial representation of the emotions of the moment. These are most commonly created on one line using the symbols on the keyboard. Humor is often denoted with the smiley face :-) which is more obvious if you tilt your head to the left. ["Acronyms, Emoticons, and Lurkers," PC Magazine, August 1992]

updated on September 03, 2022

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