Emoticon

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A smiley-face emoticon.

An emoticon (/ˈmtkɒn/), etymologically a portmanteau o emotion an icon, is a metacommunicative pictorial representation o a facial expression that, in the absence o body leid an prosody, serves tae draw a receiver's attention tae the tenor or temper o a sender's nominal non-verbal communication, chyngin an improvin its interpretation.