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The first smiley in print? Possibly in a poem from 1648! :O

The first smiley in print? Possibly in a poem from 1648! :O

You never know how far back trends go until you look! For example, I told you on my blog a couple of weeks ago that the term "OK" goes back 175 years!

Smileys - also called emoticons or emoji - go back even farther, if one incident is to be believed.

It appears that a poet named Robert Herrick included a smiley in his poem "To Fortune"!

emoticon in poem

It reads:

Tumble me down, and I will sit
Upon my ruins, (smiling yet:)

A publicity manager for University of Chicago Press was reading some poetry when he discovered the poem smiling back at him!

Now there's some dispute over whether Herrick did this on purpose. But even if he didn't, what a coincidence that right after the words "smiling yet", we get a little smile!

What do you think, was it on purpose or not? Let me know in my comments below.

Source: The Atlantic
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