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Wildly inappropriate and useless article[edit]

This article has no bearing in common usage, it's a bunch of purists pontificating about what "proper use" is. "Common eastern examples"?? What the heck is that even supposed to mean? That table is incomprehensible.

And as for Korean, Japanese, Chinese? No. This is the ENGLISH Wikipedia, and none of that belongs here. (talk) 06:23, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

:-~ is smoke. Can anybody add this to the table?[edit]

--= APh =-- (talk) 21:36, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Also :-? and :-Q --= APh =-- (talk) 21:41, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Correct Bierce[edit]

Ambrose Bierce used an actual "smiley" symbol, not ASCII art, and there was no exclamation point. The reference now comes with a link to Google Books, in case anyone wants to see his actual examples. Choor monster (talk) 20:21, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Does 70s Smiley Face Qualify?[edit]

If an emoticon is punctuation turned into an emotion symbol or face, does the 70s-era Smiley Face really qualify? There was never anything specifically "punctuation" about that iconic image. I would argue that the 80s invention (or re-invention) of emoticons was a winking reference to the Smiley Face, but that the Smiley Face itself is not an emoticon. The example of a roadside sign with a smiley on it seems a very poor example of "emoticon". Strider (talk) 22:38, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

this sure isn't an emoticon. (talk) 13:38, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Plural of Kaomoji and Emoji[edit]

"Kaomoji" and "emoji", being Japanese words, act as mass nouns and do not take an "s" when made plural. Think words like "information"; no one says "informations". I've fixed the infractions I saw. (talk) 01:35, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

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Suggestion: First usage that is earlier than other mentions in article[edit]

Dante's Paradiso, Canto XXIII. Some discussions: Discussion one and Discussion 2. Dante uses the letters "omo" to represent a face - the eyes being represented as 'o' and the 'm' from shapes of the nose and eyebrows. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:57, 25 June 2016 (UTC)


Not done: According to the page's protection level you should be able to edit the page yourself. If you seem to be unable to, please reopen the request with further details. Ben · Salvidrim!  16:10, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Emoticons and Psychology[edit]

Recent studies on emoticons usage indicate that frequency of emoticons posting can be predicted by sex and age of the user rather than personality traits. Females and younger users are most likely to embed emoticons in their social media posts [1]. At the same time research confirmed intuitiveness of emoticons by demonstrating that even children without any social media experience are likely to accurately attribute emotions to emoticons, especially happiness and sadness [2].


  1. ^ Oleszkiewicz, Anna; Karwowski, Maciej; Pisanski, Katarzyna; Sorokowski, Piotr; Sobrado, Boaz; Sorokowska, Agnieszka (2017). "Who uses emoticons? Data from 86 702 Facebook users". Personality and Individual Differences. 119: 289. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.07.034. More than one of |pages= and |page= specified (help)
  2. ^ Oleszkiewicz, Anna; Frackowiak, Tomasz; Sorokowski, Piotr; Sorokowska, Agnieszka (2017). "Children can accurately recognize facial emotions from emoticons". Computers in Human Behavior (72): 372. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.07.040. More than one of |pages= and |page= specified (help)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by AnnOlesz (talkcontribs)

To clarify, are these studies about emoticons like :) or like 😀? --ChiveFungi (talk) 14:40, 23 January 2018 (UTC)


In Common Western examples, is the "vampire face" =K really relevant? I don't recall ever seeing this one in my life and I don't know a lot of situations in which it could be used. Perhaps it used to be more popular or something. Prinsgezinde (talk) 15:05, 9 May 2018 (UTC)