First used in 1986 in an online Deaf community in Japan, independently from :-).
- An emoticon representing a grinning face.
2002 January 14, Stuart Dawson, “Re: This made me look at YATA in a whole new light.. o_o”, in uk.media.animation.anime, Usenet (in English):
having now watched it I just have one thing to say... <grin> So who's got the bollocks to do some cosplay with me then? ^_^
2015 November 1, Uncle Monster [username], “Re: OT: Another sure sign of a country in decline”, in alt.home.repair, Usenet (in English):
She's very cute and talented but if she's really a smoker, she'll wind up looking old before her time. It would be a shame because I love her singing. ^_^