Can you explain what this joke means please?

“Victorians would have been great on social media. They’d have had their own emojis. Open brackets/close brackets means ‘I’ve got Rickets”

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden (Pleasance Two)

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    Have you looked up "Rickets"? – Stephie Sep 2 '15 at 21:33
  • @Stephie Yes I have :( – kyle Sep 2 '15 at 21:50

Rickets is an illness caused by vitamin D deficiency. One very obvious symptom are bow legs (long bones curved outwards). In this joke, the brackets represent the bowed legs of infant patients: ()

During victorian time rickets was far more frequent than today, due to malnutrition in early childhood, child labour and lack of supplements - cod liver oil being the classic treatment.

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  • I got it , it is so funny :)))) – kyle Sep 2 '15 at 22:08

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