Happy Birthday! :-)

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  1. BuzWeaver macrumors regular

    BuzWeaver

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    The Web smiley turns 25:

    Author Vladimir Nabokov said in a 1969 New York Times interview that "there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile--some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket."


    Now, nearly four decades later, there is just such a typographical symbol-- :), or for the minimalists, and it'd be tough to find a tech-savvy person who hasn't leaned on it. There's also a special typographical symbol for a frown-- :-( -- and one for a cool dude in sunglasses -- B-) -- and one for a wink -- ;-). There's even a typographical sign for wearing a baseball cap-- d=D.


    These are emoticons (or emotive icons), the arrangements of letters and symbols that have been inserted into e-mails, message board posts, and instant messages since the fledgling days of the Internet. "Fledgling days," in this case, refers not to the mid-'90s when people were beginning to learn what AOL was, but to the early '80s, when accessing the Internet was largely limited to research universities and defense contractors.



    http://news.com.com/The+Web+smileys+motto+Grin+and+bear+it/2100-1025_3-6166439.html?tag=cnetfd.mt
     
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Hey OP, did you edit your own post/ thread title to display that emoticon? It wasn't there at first. :p
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I may or may not be able to confirm that a sneaky cowboy did it.

    ***walks off, whistling***
     
  4. devilot Moderator emeritus

    devilot

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    *squints* Scandalous.

    I appreciate it nonetheless. And thanks for posting the article, OP. I didn't realize "the emoticon" had such a history. :p
     
  5. BuzWeaver thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm.
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Fantastic! Happy Birthday, smiley.

    ^(o_~)^

    kekeke
     

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