My friend ended a letter thusly:


ノシ symbolizes a waving arm. Is this considered 絵文字 or does it have a different name?

  • This question is trivial. And it is not helpful. As Chocolate comments, if you want to call it, you can. If you don't want to, you can not to.
    – user458
    May 24, 2012 at 9:37
  • I learned that it is called both things so it was helpful to me. I apologize if you were offended or in any way put in a bad mood by the triviality of this question.
    – yadokari
    May 25, 2012 at 1:34
  • I was not offended at all. I just felt that it could be either way or the other, and does not matter. Never mind.
    – user458
    May 25, 2012 at 3:08

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Nico Nico actually calls it 顔文字. (And so do other places like here.)

Edit: There is, perhaps, some crossover, but 絵文字 more broadly refers to things like pictograms (pictures with meaning), while 顔文字 refers to...well, 顔文字 (characters put together to make faces).


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