This Day in History: First Use of Emoticons (9/19/1982)

If you use this :) or :( online or in texts, it all started on this day in history back in 1982.

Carnegie Mellon professor Scott E. Fahlman is shown in his home office on Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, in Pittsburgh. Twenty-five years ago, three keystrokes _ a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis _ were first used as a horizontal "smiley face" in a computer message by Fahlman, the university said. Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

If you use this :) or :( online or in texts, it all started on this day in history back in 1982.

On a computer science message board at Carnegie Mellon University, Scott Fahlman posted a message about using these: :-) and :-(

They represented a happy emotion and a sad one. Later on, these and others would become common in usage on the internet and later text messaging.

These are called emoticons, a portmanteau of icon and emotion.

Here are some other noteworthy emoticons:

• QQ – Crying
• :-O – Shock/Surprise
• :P – Playful or Silly
• O:-) – Angel or Innocence
• *<|:-) – Santa Claus
• /) – Brohoof
• <3 – Heart or Love
• :$ - Embrassment, Blush


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