emoji

a.k.a. emojicons, humoticons, graphical smileys

The next-generation version of the emoticon, it's a picture that enables the replacement of text smileys. Emojis were initially used in instant messaging programs, they are also widely seen in text messages.

A "humoticon" is yet another variation on the emoticon, this time by Skype trying to integrate the emoticon's more humanistic counterpart: you.

Historical perspective: Emojis were originally developed by Shigetaka Kurita, who engineered the expressive reaction faces around the time Windows 95 first began taking off in Japan. In 2010, they were added to the Unicode Standard in other countries, including the United States. In 2015, the term "emoji" was added to Merriam-Webster's dictionary.

NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon

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