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Etymology edit

: (eyes) + - (nose) + ( (sad mouth). First used with the intended purpose of expressing emotion in a post by Scott Fahlman to the Carnegie Mellon University computer science general bulletin board on 19 September 1982[1].

Symbol edit


  1. An emoticon representing a sad face.
    • 19 September 1982, Scott Fahlman, Carnegie Mellon University computer science general board.
      Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use
    • “Emoticons Defined and Explained”, in (please provide the title of the work)[2], accessed 2010
      Therefore, it may be best to leave emoticons out of your business e-mails. This will help you avoid feeling :-( and keep you feeling :-).

Usage notes edit

This symbol is often called a "sad face".

Synonyms edit

References edit

  1. ^ “:-) turns 25”, in (please provide the title of the work)[1], 2007-09-20, archived from the original on 2007-12-12