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Here’s Who To Blame ;-)

The computer smiley officially turns 25 today. Arrrghhhh. This is where it started.
The smiley, written symbolically as :-), was created by Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman in 1982. Carnegie Mellon University has created an official smiley anniversary page here.
“Language experts say the smiley face and other emotional icons, known as emoticons, have given people a concise way in e-mail and other electronic messages of expressing sentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect”. We all know that irony and humour are very difficult to do in text based e-mails – despite the number of forwarded jokes we get! (And that is ironic.)
“Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly”.
” «I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-),» wrote Fahlman. «Read it sideways».”
Of course, now in IM we can just insert the actual colour emoticon.
Stephen :-)?

Posted on: September 19, 2007, 12:57 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. kim garner said

    Wow – how time flies 🙂 Just think this silly little thing has become ubiquitous, is so necessary to colour e-mail communication, and is older than our kids….
    Whatever happened to “Kilroy was here” ?