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1881: The year we got emojis

1881: The year we got emojis

Emojis are all the rage in text messaging these days. Some friends (whom I shall not name) send entire messages made of little yellow faces! But it turns out emoticons are nothing new.

Even though the word "emoji" was the top-trending word of 2014, and the heart emoji was the most popular word of the year, if you can even call it that. Emojis have actually been around hundreds of years. Just like selfies.

It turns out, we first started seeing emojis and emoticons in the 1880s. A satirical magazine called "Puck" published in 1881 "typographical art." There's even talk that Abraham Lincoln used an emoticon in an 1862 speech, but others think it might be a typo.

Next page: See the original emojis and learn their fascinating origins.
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