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These days, a text is rarely just text. As emoji have emerged on smartphones over the past 10 years, they have given us a new language to communicate with with a smile, wink and heart. Emoji can trace their roots to emoticons of the early 1980s – if you’re old enough to remember life before smartphones, you’ve probably used the smiley emoticon, :-), a colon, Made up of dashes and closing brackets. Emoji, however, are a massive set of characters available through iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS.
Some people use emojis sparingly in messages, while others are almost mastered in communication and can use them like modern-day hieroglyphs.
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A “?” or “❤️” are easy enough to understand, but what does “??” mean? Over time, emoji meanings have become subjective, depending on the context of the message and broader cultural trends.
There is an emoji for almost everything.
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Your Guide to Emoji Meanings: Emojipedia
Emoji is, well, an online encyclopedia of emoji. The website divides emoji into eight categories, including smileys and people, objects, activities, and more. Clicking on a category like Smileys and People will open a specific list of emoji, including, you guessed it, smileys and people, as well as family, hand gestures, clothing, and accessories.
For example, if you click on “?” (smiling face with sweat), the emoji will give you a brief description of the emoji, what it meant, when it became the official emoji, and other possible names for it.
,[It’s] Intended to depict nerves or restlessness, but more commonly used to express a close call, such as wow! And wiping the sweat off the forehead,” Emojipedia says of the smiling face with the sweat emoji.
Emojipedia will also show you the different artwork styles for each emoji on each platform, as characters often look different depending on your device. It will also give you shortcodes for Github and Slack, if applicable.
Is a text message complete without an emoji?
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What are the most popular emoji?
While you may have your own go-to emoji, according to Emojipedia, these are the most popular emoji coming out in April:
How often are new emoji added on different platforms?
The Unicode Standard – a universal character encoding standard – is responsible for creating new emoji. But anyone can submit ideas for new emoji. The most recent batch of emoji were released in September 2021 with Emoji 14.0; Apple’s iOS 15.4 was the latest update to bring new emoji to all users. It included 37 new emoji, including a melting face, two hands in the shape of a heart and a troll.
So, these people take emoji seriously?
You can say that. Emojipedia also hosts the World Emoji Awards every 17 July. In 2021, any emoji approved in 2020 were eligible. The winners were determined by popular vote on Twitter. Prizes are awarded for the most popular new emoji and most anticipated emoji. For example, in 2021, the most anticipated emoji award was given to the melting face emoji.
In 2021, Emojipedia asked users to decide which emoji best represented the year. People can vote and keep track with March Madness-style brackets. The winning emoji was a syringe emoji (?) to represent vaccine optimism. The runner-up was a microbe emoji (?) for Coronavirus Pandemic.
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You’ve chosen the syringe emoji after thousands of votes #Most2021Emoji ,
It has quickly become a symbol of vaccine optimism, and will hopefully continue to beat in the real world too! I pic.twitter.com/GxQ2gqIQGY
— World Emoji Awards (@EmojiAwards) July 17, 2021
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