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Sunday, 4 January 2015


Emojis were first created in 1999 in Japan by Shigetaka Kurita for use in electronic messages and on web pages. He was part of the team working on NTT DoCoMo's i-mode mobile Internet platform.

In 2016, New York’s Museum of Modern Art added the original 176 emojis, designed in 1999, to its permanent collection

According to linguists, emoji may be the fastest-growing form of language in history.

In Japanese, "e" can be translated to "image," and "moji" can be translated to "character" — so "emoji" is literally "image character." It is a complete coincidence that the word "emoji" resembles "emotion".

The word emoji has been used in Japanese since 1928 but according to the Oxford Dictionary was first seen in English in 1997.

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In 2009 a project began to translate the whole of Moby Dick into emoji. Emoji Dick, as it is called, gained a Library of Congress place in 2014.

There are now more than 1,600 types of emoji.

The majority of all emojis used in France (55%) are hearts.

The eggplant emoji is often used to convey sexual attraction; it cannot be searched for as a hashtag on Instagram.

World Emoji Day is celebrated on July 17th each year. Its purpose is to promote the use of emojis.
The date originates from the calendar emoji of the Apple Color Emoji typeface, which shows July 17.

Source Daily Express

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