from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sideways facial glyph used in e-mail to indicate an emotion or attitude, as to indicate intended humor [ :-) ].
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A graphical representation, either in the form of an image or made up of ASCII characters, of a particular emotion of the writer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a representation of a facial expression (as a smile or frown) created by typing a sequence of characters in sending email
Being such a social networking savvy person, you may know what the term emoticon means - it's a textual expression representing the face of a writer's mood or facial expression.
I never until now realized that the primary job of any emoticon is to say "excuse me, that didn't make any sense."
The word emoticon is actually the word emotion and icon bumped up together so you get the word emoticon.
Maybe the word emoticon doesn't ring a bell to you but you probably know what they are.
To emoticon, or not to emoticon, that is the question.
For 25 years, the emoticon has been a mainstay of Internet culture.
Nothing is achieved when writing ironically or satirically by telling the reader through an "emoticon", that the preceding posting was meant to be to be a wry comment and that the reader should be amused.
If your novel manuscript, query or proposal use any kind of emoticon, your submission is definitely (X_X).
If your manuscript, query or proposal use any kind of emoticon, your submission is definitely (X_X).
The new generation's style is perhaps best typified in the 2003 "Being Abbas el Abd," told in a fragmented form intertwined with pop culture references, often in a sort of "emoticon"
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