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Is '⚡' an emoji? [closed]

Me and a few other people debated over this for a while. I wanted to see what you guys thought it was. The debate started here:
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Is there a way to clearly identify text meant in jest? [closed]

In written text, it can be difficult to convey the appropriate sentiment. For example, if I tell someone to "go fly a kite", I could say this with a smile and/or wink in person and they would know I'...
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When was "emoji" first used?

Emoji is a small digital image or icon used in electronic communication. It is also mentioned as a standardized emoticon (emotion + icon) but emojis are usually depicted as pictographs and emoticons ...
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What is the emoticon ":hsugh:"? [closed]

Some forums have this emoticon: :hsugh: that you could choose to post with your messages. The resulting graphic looks like this: What's the meaning of this emoticon? What emotion does it convey?
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Should emoticons be regarded as punctuation marks?

According to Wikipedia, “[p]unctuation marks are symbols that indicate the structure and organization of written language, as well as intonation and pauses to be observed when reading aloud”. Does ...
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Is a smiley at the end of a sentence like a period?

How do you treat an emoticon at the end of a sentence? He probably caught his cold from the kids at school :( Should there be a period after the :(, or should I go straight into the next sentence (...
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What does "shades" mean? [closed]

Quoted from, here is an explanation of some emoticons: 8-) shades I was wondering what does "shades" mean here? Does it mean smile?
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Were emoticon-analogues used in the past?

I don't mean the set of smileys we use today which are surely a result of the keys on a keyboard. What I do mean is: In casual conversation before the creation of the personal computer, did people ...
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What emotions do :3 and :S convey? [closed]

Often I find people in the chat using emoticons. Most are simple to decipher, but I can't figure out what these two mean. :3 and :S What do they mean?
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If an insertion in parentheses ends with a smiley, how do I distinguish between the two?

I know smileys are not part of written language (yet), and any questions about them are irrelevant to linguistics and are kind of not serious. So take my question with a smiley then. It bugs me ...
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