From Latin expressio, a expression is a declaration of something to make it understood. It may be a locution, a gesture or a body movement.

The expression allows to externalize feelings or ideas: when the act of expressing transcends the intimacy of the subject, it becomes a message that the sender transmits to a receiver.


Oral expression is one of the most common forms of expression.

Forms of expression

There are different forms of expression according to the language used. The most common are oral expression (which is made concrete through speech) and written expression (by means of the writing). Every time one person having a conversation with another is appealing to oral expression. Similarly, a common example of written expression is information signs (such as print advertisements) found on public roads.

Everyday life also involves numerous situations of body expression (outward behavior, whether spontaneous or intentional) and facial expression (manifestation of emotions through the face). In the case of corporal expression, it can be an artistic manifestation, such as the dance.

Other artistic expressions are the literary (the literature), which includes the poetic expression, and the theatrical (the works that use the scenic language).

A demonstration

The idea of ​​expression is also associated with demonstration. Gifts or gifts are considered as expressions of affection (Whoever delivers them transmits their affection to the person who receives them).

It can also be spoken of expression of disgust or disagreement when someone expresses their rejection of a situation: “In a strong expression of rejection, thousands of protesters protested against the measure of the government.


Emoticons are used in expression by digital means.

Emoticons and facial expressions

It is called emoticon to a sequence of characters that serve to represent a human face and express a emotion in particular. Since their inception, emoticons have been used for other purposes, and the creativity of many has greatly expanded the initial list of possibilities.

Emoticons associated with positive feelings are known by the name of smileys (a term of English origin whose translation is close to “who smile”). For years, they have been used mainly in the writing of posts electronic, such as emails, SMS, posts and virtual conversations.

The term emoticon, whose plural is emoticons, is a neologism and was formed from the words emotion and icon. Regarding its history, the antiquity of the use of text characters to represent facial expressions is greater than many believe: it was in the year 1857 that the Morse code first adopted a number (73) to convey a message of this guy (in this case, “love and kisses”). From that moment, there were various attempts to merge gestures and writing, until in 1982 the first smiley face.

Since its appearance in communications through Internet, animated emoticons have emerged, as well as more realistic versions, which put aside the use of text characters in pursuit of drawings and photographs.

As in any revolution, there are positions for and against, and today they are being felt more than ever, given the invasion of technology in our life everyday. Some personalities from the world of letters express their dissatisfaction with the use of an emoticon to represent an emotion that could be described without any problem through one or more words. On the other hand, there are those who claim that these codes do nothing other than enrich our language.

Regardless of the displeasure that many may cause the use of emoticons in written communication, the inclusion of user sensations in electronic messages arouses great interest in the colossi of technology, and there are various techniques of facial recognition that help to almost naturally express mood and reactions through virtual messaging applications.