Text smileys are created by typing two or more punctuation marks. Some examples are:
To learn more about emoticons and their history, see the Wikipedia entry on Emoticons.
How Does WordPress Handle Smileys?
To Turn off Graphic Smileys
If you turn off graphic smileys, whatever you type in plain text will remain, and be displayed, as plain text.
- Go to your Admin Panel
- Select Settings -> Writing
- In the Formatting section, uncheck the box for “Convert emoticons like 🙂 and 😛 to graphics on display“
What Text Do I Type to Make Smileys?
Smiley images and the text used to produce them*: