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Does 1648 Poem Contain the World’s First Emoticon? Probably Not

By Stan Schroeder

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Though emoticons have become widely popular in the Internet era, they did exist much earlier — most definitely as early as the 19th century

Robert Herrick

Image: Robert Herrick

Now, a new discovery from a poetry fan reveals that the smiley may date as early as 1648, when it appeared in a poem called “To Fortune” by Robert Herrick. Found by Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the University of Chicago Press, and first reported by The Atlantic, the poem has …read more

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