A Word turned into a graphic image. Visual image class like Icons or Emoticons but based on or combining a word and or text as the image. Generally .gif format and often though not necessarily animated. emoticonsanimationssmileyicons
Origin of the word's first use believed to be with the chat program, MagChat <www.magchat.com>
Charles was used to expressing his emotions with visual images such as Smileys, Emoticons and Wordicons. Example of a Wordicon: Image of the word "LOVE" with a beating heart with an arrow through it.