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A smiley (sometimes simply called a happy or smiling face) is a stylized representation of a smiling humanoid face, an important part of popular culture. The classic form designed in 1963 comprises a yellow circle with two black dots representing eyes and a black arc representing the mouth (). On the Internet and in other plain text communication channels, the emoticon form (sometimes also called the smiley-face emoticon) has traditionally been most popular, typically employing a colon and a right parenthesis to form sequences like :^), :), or (: that resemble a smiling face when viewed after rotation through 90 degrees. "Smiley" is also sometimes used as a generic term for any emoticon. The smiley has been referenced in nearly all areas of Western culture including music, movies, and art.

The plural form "smilies" is commonly used,<ref>Google Ngram Viewer: smilies vs smileys</ref> but the variant spelling "smilie" is not as common as the "y" spelling.<ref>Google Ngram Viewer: smilie vs smiley</ref>


Smiley sections
Intro  History   In text    Transforming Smiley into graphical emoticons    Licensing and legal issues    See also    References    External links   

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