This is a list of notable and commonly used emoticonsor textual portrayals of a writer's moods or facial expressions in the form of icons.
In recent times, graphical icons, both static and animated, have joined the traditional text-based emoticons; these are commonly known as emoji.
Emoticons can generally Punctuation faces divided into three groups: Western mainly from America and Europe or horizontal though not all are in that orientation ; Eastern or vertical mainly Punctuation faces east Asia ; and 2channel style originally used on 2channel and other Japanese message boards.
The most common explanation for these different styles is that in the East, the eyes play the primary role in facial expressions, while in the West, the whole face tends to be used.
Western style emoticons are mostly written from left to right as though the head is rotated counter-clockwise 90 degrees.
One will most commonly see the eyes on the left, followed by the nose often not included and then the mouth. Typically, a colon is used for the eyes of a face, unless winking, in Punctuation faces case a semicolon is used. However, an equals sign, Punctuation faces number 8, or a capital letter B are also used to indicate normal eyes, widened eyes, or those with glasses, respectively.
Symbols for the mouth vary, e.
Eastern emoticons generally Punctuation faces not rotated sideways, and may include non-Latin characters to allow for additional complexity. These emoticons first arose in Japan, where they are referred to as kaomoji literally "face characters". A number of Eastern emoticons were originally developed on the Japanese discussion site 2channel.
Some of these are wider made up of more characters than usual Punctuation faces, or extend over multiple lines of text.
Punctuation faces use characters from other character sets besides Japanese and Latin. Many emoticons are included as characters in the Unicode standard, in the Miscellaneous Symbols block, the Emoticons block, and the Supplemental Symbols and Pictographs block.
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Smiley or happy face. Laughing,  big grin,   Punctuation faces with glasses,  or wide-eyed surprise . Very happy or double chin . Frown   sad,  angry,  pouting.