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Emoticon - Definition

On the Internet especially in e-mail, chatting, and posted messages, an Emoticon (sometimes referred to as a "Smiley") is a short sequence of keyboard letters and symbols, usually emulating a facial expression, expressing a feeling that supplements the message. Often a smile is represented with a basic smiley :-). The colon represents the eyes, the hyphen is for the nose, and the parenthesis for the mouth.

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