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How Emojis Find Their Way to Phones
2009.7 Emoticon and orz
What is an emoticon?
An emoticon, also called a smilie, is a sequence of printable characters such as :), ^-^, or :-) or a small image that is intended to represent a human facial expression and convey an emotion. Emoticons are a form of paralanguage commonly used in email messages, in online bulletin boards, or in chat rooms. The word emoticon is a portmanteau based on emotion and icon.
Posture emoticonsorz (sometimes seen as _|￣|○, OTL Or2, On_, OTZ, O7Z, Sto, Jto, _no) is a Japanese emoticon representing a kneeling or bowing person, with the "o" being the head, the "r" being the arms and part of the body, and the "z" being part of the body and the legs. This "stick" figure represents failure and despair. It is also commonly (mis-)used for representing a great admiration for (sometimes with an overtone of sarcasm) someone else's view or action. This spawned a subculture in late 2004 . It illustrates a person facing left, with the head looking down, and kneeling on the ground: the "o" symbolizes the head, the "r" represents the arms and the body while the "z" shows the legs. Though people generally use the pictograph to show that they have failed and/or they are in despair, some users use it to imply being doubled over in laughter. It is not to be read phonetically; the letters are spelled out. Orz should not be confused with m(_ _)m, which means an apology.
Orz is associated sometimes with the phrase "nice guy" — that is, the concept of males being rejected for a date by girls they are pursuing with a phrase like "You're a nice guy," or "I'd like to be your friend."
On imageboards, it has been used not only for failure and despair, but also as a symbol for the kowtow, illustrating a person bowing down in worship of a certain picture that was posted.
今日のお茶は たんぽぽ茶(^_^)v ノンカフェインでカルシウムと鉄がたっぷり ・ たんぽぽ根・黒豆・醗酵ギンネム（ぎん茶） のブレンドだそうです(^o^)v いつもの プーアル茶とあまり違わないかなぁ… 2011年3月 5日 (土) | 固定リンク ...
o= (Emoticon: A burning candle to start a flame)
an emoticon (= a sideways image of a face, consisting of keyboard symbols, which is used in emails to express emotions)