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noun [countable] computing emoticon pronunciation in American English /ɪˈmoʊtɪˌkɑn/
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singularemoticon
pluralemoticons
  1. a symbol that you type in an e-mail or text message to show how you feel. For example the emoticon :-) means happy or friendly.

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

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troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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