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Express emotions through keyboard by creating emoticons
A keyboard-generated emoticon is a version of shorthand developed by Internet users to help express emotions and feelings without typing out the words. Emoticons are limited to the alphabet and punctuation symbols on a standard keyboard. Emoticons created by keyboard characters are not always obvious when viewed horizontally. To see the face instead of just a string of different symbols, you need to tilt your head to the left, so that the right side of the emoticon becomes the bottom.

In face to face communication, non-verbal modes like body language, facial expressions and tone of voice plays a crucial part in how someone interprets what we say. Emoticons allow us to personalize and put non-verbal communication into our written messages, to create e-mail moods. The key to communication is language; the emotion allows people to express feelings quickly and effectively through written word.

The term "emoticon" is a blend of two words, emotion and icon. Emoticons are those little sideways smiley faces that you see at the end of sentences, within an email, chat room, or instant message. Emoticons are ASCII glyphs, or text characters that look like human faces on their side, and are designed to indicate an emotional state in an electronic text message.

Emoticons are also well known as smileys. They are simple strings of characters that are interspersed in email text to convey emotions within written text. Emoticons help to clarify the tone of text messages.

Over time they have developed into an art form. There are now emoticons symbolizing Santa Claus, a Chef , heart and even different animals.

The origin of the original emoticon, the basic smiley face :-), is a matter of some dispute. Kevin Mackenzie and Scott Fahlman are often credited for creating the first emoticon. Others point to Scott Fahlman, who created the first digital smiley face

There are basic emoticons and smileys used in email messages to express emotions. Many people use Emoticons, they are a very popular form of shorthand for portraying emotions within email or instant messaging. There are thousands of emoticons located on the Internet and more are being created everyday. Here are a few of the more commonly used emoticons:

:-)  The classic smiley face (happy, grin)

:-l Indifferent

:) The simpler variation of smiley

:-e Disappointed

:-(  Frown (unhappy)

>:-< Mad or angry

:-o Surprise or shock

:-D Laughing or very happy

:-@Screaming or shouting

;-) Smile with a wink for joking, kidding, or sarcasm

*<:-) Santa Claus                            

8-) Wearing sunglasses                

+<:-) The Pope

C=:-) Chef

*<):0) Clown

%-) A Happy Drunk

Emoticons can also help save time, and generally help to lighten the mood within a message. The key to using emoticons correctly is to use them sparingly and in the right setting with close friends and relatives. However, emoticons may seem annoying and unprofessional in a business setting.

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