Emoticons

Definition

An emoticon is a short sequence of keyboard letters and symbols, usually emulating a facial expression, that complements a text message they are ordinary characters you cane find on your computer emotions are used in msn ,sms, e-mail and Skype and other types of communications using the computer. The most used popular emoticons are the smiley faces :-).

Description

Emoticons or smilies were originally used in email messages to denote the writer's state of mind or intentions. They were textual representations of mood.

:-) - smiling
;-) - wink
:-( - sad

However, as computer systems developed and it became easier to append graphical images, so the nature of the smiley has developed to and it is now often a graphical image. It has also moved beyond sole use in emails, to use in text messaging and in forums and chat rooms etc.

Emoticons can appear in applications very different,
an emoticon on a forum may appear as: 'Tongue' the same emoticon may appear in Instant Messaging as ':P'.

It is important to know the settings of the emoticon on applications, as not only could it be written in the wrong format it may mean something else.

History

The creator of the original ASCII emoticons ":-)" and ":-(" was Scott Fahlman; the original proposal made by Fahlman on CMU CS general board on September 19 1982 (at 11:44) was retrieved from old backup tapes on September 10 2002 by Jeff Baird.
The earliest known non-ASCII emoticons were used in the PLATO IV program as early as 1972, which allowed users to type multiple text characters "on top" of each other. Many combinations of ordinary text characters were known to produce face-like patterns, which were used as emoticons.

( http://www.knowledgerush.com/kr/encyclopedia/Emoticon/)

Purposes

Facial expressions are developed as a replacement of emotions as a way to manage not to being forced to communicate in text only ,without misunderstandings to the lack of information.

Basic examples

:-) or :) or =) smile (a smiley) rarely (: never =-) :-( or )-: or :( frown: sadness or sympathy :/ somewhat unhappy/discontent :| serious :-D or :D wide grin :-P or :p tongue sticking out: joke or sarcasm ;-) or (-; or ;) wink B-) or 8-) has (sun)glasses: looking cool :-o or :o expresses surprise :-7 tongue in cheek (rare) XD laugh :\/ big mouth

The phrase may have meant by the way you send your emotion through body or by writing. Emoticons are often used to manage the temper or your state of mind and this could help you to improve the interpretation of the text.
An emotion is a textual expression representing the face of a writer's mood or facial expression. For example, :), :(, and: D. They is often used to alert a responder to the tenor or temper of a statement.
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References
Wikipedia.com
http://www.myemoticons.com/

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