Before emojis, there were Wingdings!


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#2

I remember wingdings. In fact, used them to decorate the invite to my 21st birthday, back in the dark ages of last century!


#3

And before that…Well I have a symbols element for a Selectric in my desk drawer at work, and the little card overlay to remind you of the key-mapping.


#4

And before that we had crappy calculators that we could make say “OBOE SHOES”.


#5

Before there were Wingdings, there was the IBM graphics character set. Before that there was PETSCII on the Commodore PETs.

And of course before that there were hieroglyphs. A warning for us all: The Egyptians started with a written language, then started using emojis, and soon that’s all that was left.


#6

Oh yea? Well I remember back when…

(Also, Cairo font.)


#7

I always thought those made much more sense because they were fixed-width fonts and you could align everything up nicely, with no gaps.

Don’t forget the Apple II Mousetext!


#8

I thought it was “emoji,” not “emoji s.” Like it’s just “kanji.”


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the people have spoken


#11

I tried to use Wingdings just the other day to decorate my baby’s b’day party invite. Then I remembered what century I was in and googled clipart like a rational person. Wingdings doesn’t have a birthday cake icon anyway.


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Wingdings are also responsible for so many Outlook-produced corporate e-mails ending with a mystery ‘J’ for non-Outlook users. Wingdings J is :slight_smile:


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JJJJJ!
 


#16

There don’t seem to be hard and fast rules on loan words in American. “Otakus” has lots of use in print but matches the case you cite.


#17

NYC forever! No, wait…


#18

Wingdings predicted 9-11 too.


#19

Oh goodness, those damned Js. L.

(For the unaware, L is a frowny face)


#20

Did not realize that…