Did Abraham Lincoln Pioneer Emoticons? 1862 Speech May Offer Clues
The Huffington Post | By Britney Fitzgerald 09/19/2012
Was Abraham Lincoln one of the first people to use the playful 😉 emoticon?
Though the text symbol for “winking,” used in our emails, tweets, texts and instant messages, was officially introduced in 1982, the 😉 appears in a copy of a speech President Lincoln delivered way back in 1862.
The New York Times wrote in 2009 that a newspaper specialist working for archival company Proquest had spotted a sideways “face” in one of Lincoln’s speech transcripts, printed in the Times….”