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Smiley Punctuation

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Smiley Punctuation

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Sept. 19 marks an important Internet milestone: The 20th anniversary of the first use of the e-mail smiley face, :-). Today, that sideways smiley face graces many — some might say too many — e-mail messages. Wednesday on All Things Considered, hear from Scott E. Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University, credited with creating the first "emoticon" in 1982. Read how Fahlman's first emoticon was tracked down, and read the string of messages where the :-) first appeared.

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