Emojis

Emoji (Japanese: 絵文字えもじ,  Japanese: [emodʑi]; singular emoji, plural emoji or emojis ) are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages.

 Emoji exist in various genres, including facial expressions😃🙁🤓😡, common objects 💾 💿📱, places 🌋🏡🏕 types of weather🌧 🌨☀️, and animals 🐿 🐨🕷🐍. They are much like emoticons, but emoji are actual pictures instead of typographics.

 Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji comes from Japanese e (絵, "picture") + moji (文字, "character"). The resemblance to the English words emotion and emoticon is purely coincidental.

Originating on Japanese mobile phones in 1999, emoji became increasingly popular worldwide in the 2010s after being added to several mobile operating systems. 

They are now considered to be a large part of popular culture in the west.  In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries named the Face with Tears of Joy emoji 😂 the Word of the Year. 

Each operating system for computers or mobile devices (and even websites) uses a slightly different implementation or style for the pictures.

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Apple version

Microsoft version

Twitter version


Commentary

World emoji day is designated 17th July 

A handy resource for different emojis at emojipedia.org as emojis are often updated to include new variations and even new animals, foods and  faces.

Source adapted from : Wikipedia contributors. (2018, July 7). Emoji. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:14, July 16, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Emoji&oldid=849195330