The Web smiley's motto: Grin and bear it
Author Vladimir Nabokov said in a 1969 New York Times interview that "there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile--some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket."
Now, nearly four decades later, there is just such a typographical symbol-- , or for the minimalists, and it'd be tough to find a tech-savvy person who hasn't leaned on it. There's also a special typographical symbol for a frown-- -- and one for a cool dude in sunglasses -- -- and one for a wink -- . There's even a typographical sign for wearing a baseball cap-- d=D.
These are emoticons (or emotive icons), the arrangements of letters and symbols that have been inserted into e-mails, message board posts, and instant messages since the fledgling days of the Internet.
But the Internet is changing.