Jerz's Literacy Weblog: Tracking the smiley.
Are the origins to be found somewhere in the Reader's Digest or, as Wikipedia suggests, a 1953 ad in the New York Herald Tribune?
I wonder if the wink has been tracked? 'Tis my emoticon of choice, but strictly in txt only. This sort of wink would seem to need a ;) somewhere to work.
As someone who is overly fond of a wink, I should brush up on some variants.
*\:-) the tam o shanter may have been useful *\;-)
*\;#) apparently this means drunk wink in a tam o shater which may have been appropriate on the occasional winter bloggerly evening.
~= and this a candle, for today... *\;#)