Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!
Using ascii characters to represent a face or emotion. Smileys are ususlly used in [[email]] messages or in [[chat]]. Some basic examples: :-) is a smile :-( is a frown :-P has a lolling tongue ;-) is winking B-) has sunglasses :-o surprise ...there are a lot of possibilities, people are very good at interpreting pictures as faces. See [[Ascii Art]], maybe [[Electronic communications]], [[Emote]], or [[Emoticon]].