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any of a group of symbols depicting a smile, or other facial expression, used in electronic mail
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(EMOTional ICON) A pictorial expression of feeling in a message rendered as text. Carnegie Mellon professor Scott Fahlman is credited with creating the first emoticon (the "smiley") using the text characters :-) in an online message in 1982.

Pronounced "e-mo-tih-con," the symbols are stored in the Unicode character set. Word processing, email and other character-based programs may automatically convert emoticon text into an icon. See emoji, emotag, Unicode and alphanumerish.

Emoticon   Meaning

  :-)     smiley, happy face

  :-(     frown

  ;-)     wink

  :-D     big smile

  :-O     mouth open in amazement

  :-Q     tongue hanging out in nausea

  :-{)    moustache

  :-{)}   moustache and beard

  8-)     wears glasses

  (-:     left handed or Australian

  :*)     red nosed, suggesting inebriation
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He has now curated an art exhibition, Smile High Club, paying tribute to the Smiley and its creator Harvey Ball.
Smiley's work has been featured on international and national radio and television programs, as well as in USA Today, Huffington Post, Business Insurance, The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Business Journal, Indiana Minority Business Magazine, Associations Now, Franchising World Magazine, MEA Magazine, The Lexington Herald-Leader, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Philadelphia Business Journal, Naples Daily News, The City Sentinel, Lee and Low Books, and more.
Edwards said Smiley will lead operations with a focus on building processes and procedures.
The portable smiley signs run on solar energy and will be rotated around 30 different locations in the east of Sunderland.
Smiley's past roles include president and board member at manufacturer Magna Steyr Asia.
Smiley responds that the arbitration agreement is "ambiguous, non-mutual and unconscionable," and asks the court to delay ruling on this motion until the parties conduct discovery regarding the employment agreement.
Along with Smiley, one US civilian and a coalition contractor were wounded as the group of officials made their way to a helicopter due to take Miller and his party back to Kabul.
Smiley was assigned in the summer to lead a Kandahar-based command with a mission to train and advise Afghan security forces and help with counterterrorism operations in southern Afghanistan.
She wrote: "If anyone sees a lad walking around town with a 6ft smiley face, it belongs to me, he's just robbed it from LIQUORSTOREMCR, the face will be very distressed.