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:-) and :-( (Smileys/Emoticons) Turn 25

September 19th, 2007 at 10:30 AM (17 years ago) by Matt Freedman

:-)The symbols :-) and :-(, which are commonly used in email to convey emotions (thus, being commonly referred to as emoticons), have turned 25 years old today (September 19, 2007)!

Scott Fahlman is credited for coming up with the idea of “smileys” or “emoticons”. On September 19, 1982, he sent an email with the idea, which said this:

Original Emoticon Idea Email

So, Happy 25th Birthday, smileys/emoticons! 😀 (or rather :-) )

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