In web forums, instant messengers and online games, text emoticons are often automatically replaced with small corresponding images, which came to be called "emoticons" as well.
Emoticons for a smiley face appear in the first documented use in digital form.
I know you meant it entirely innocently when you called him outside of work to tell him that you’d left him a cupcake, but it sounds like he might have taken that as license to start a more personal relationship with you.
This is absolutely not your fault — you should be able to make a nice gesture without someone interpreting it as anything other than that (especially when the someone is both married and above you in the office hierarchy) — but it sounds like that may be what happened.
Gajadhar and Green comment that both Morse code abbreviations are more succinct than modern abbreviations such as LOL.Four vertical typographical emoticons were published in 1881 by the U. satirical magazine Puck, with the stated intention that the publication's letterpress department thus intended to "lay out ...all the cartoonists that ever walked." In 1912, Ambrose Bierce proposed "an improvement in punctuation – the snigger point, or note of cachinnation: it is written thus ‿ and presents a smiling mouth.It was realized on order of a large insurance company as part of a campaign to bolster the morale of its employees and soon became a big hit.This smiley presumably inspired many later emoticons; the most basic graphic emoticon that depicts this is in fact a small yellow smiley face.
It’s also possible that this isn’t the case at all and that he didn’t intend for his texts to come across as anything other than platonic friendliness.