History of the Emoticon
🙂 The emoticon as we know today is much further than the basic symbols created by text.
These symbols, which seem to be just what we need to make up for the lack of facial expression in text for many people, have a long but quite fun history.
The first recorded use of the emoticon : – ) and : – ( online is in a text posted on the Carnegie Mellon University computer science general board on 19 September 1982 by computer scientist Scott E Fahlman.
19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman 🙂
From: Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:
: – )
Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use
: – (
However things go further back much before online communication
The original form on quick texting Morse code, had its own version of emoticons if you could call it that.
In the “The National Telegraphic Review and Operators’ Guide”, first published in 1857; the number 73 meant “my love to you”
In 1859, the Western Union Company set up the standard “92 Code.” Continue reading