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When you want to show someone how you're feeling today using a picture of a smiley face, you use an emoticon. The word emoticon is a combination of "emotion" and "icon", as in a computer icon. Many email and instant messaging programs recognize the shorthand for these faces and will automatically put a colorful image in the place of your keystrokes. So, for example, a colon typed next to a semicolon becomes a winking face once the user hits the enter key.