Monday, July 16, 2007


I don’t like the noseless variants, :) and :( . I think they look like frogs.

Carnegie Mellon computer science professor Scott Fahlman commenting on his invention of the original emoticons -- :-) and :-( -- in the 10 July issue of NetworkWorld. The nosed variants will hit their 25th anniversary on September 19th.

Fahlman also comments in the interview on Penn Jillette's and Neal Stephenson's reactions to the emoticon.

The original post, in which Fahlman introduced the smiley, was (according to a posting at "retrieved by Jeff Baird from an October 1982 backup tape of the spice vax (cmu-750x)" and read:

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


1 comment:

Kari said...

I love the noseless variants! Because they look like frogs! My Chaucer professor in college used cute little frog drawings as characters, don't ask me why. But it reminds me of that. Emoticons = the Nun's Priest and the Wife of Bath. Think about that for a minute, then go watch "That 70s Show" or something.

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