Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About Emoji
In the recent past, the digital world has seen a lot of changes. From telephones to mobile phones, and from desktops to laptops and tablets. A small handheld device can do anything, from making and taking calls, to shopping. The age-old postal letters are replaced by emails and messengers. Recently, emoji has taken over communication.
What are emojis?
Emojis are smileys and graphics signals that represent an idea or concept called as ideograms. They are used in emails, messengers, and web pages. They are a lot like emoticons but an actual picture like a smiley emoji instead of typographic expressions such as ‘;).' They include facial expressions, animals, common objects, places, weather, fruits and vegetables, and flags among others.
Amazing facts about emoji
- Emoji is a language that everyone can understand. It is a facial expression depicting different moods of a person, and a long list of pictures of animals, birds, vegetables, fruits and so on. Emoji has some surprising facts that most people do not know about.
- The word emoji derives from Japanese: it means e ‘picture’ + Moji ‘letter, character’
- Shigetaka Kurita is the father of emoji: Shigetaka Kurita, a Japanese designer created the first collection of cell phone emoji in 1999. He used everyday symbols, Chinese characters, and street signs for inspiration. Eventually, the 12X12 pixel - 176 characters, much-simplified emoji came up.
- Apple is credited for the popularity of emoji: Emoji were originally made for cell phones. It was fully embraced by everyone in 2012 when Apple introduced iOS 6.
- Emoji was added into Orford dictionary: The emoji craze went wild in 2012 and 2013 when it was introduced to the masses. In Japanese, ‘e’ means picture and ‘Moji’ means a letter or character. The word ‘emoji’ was added to the Oxford dictionary in August 2013 under the definition ‘a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion’.
- The emojis in the following image are the 150 most popular Twitter emojis
- The first ‘World Emoji Day’ was celebrated on 17th July 2014: July 2014 saw a global celebration of emoji for the first time. New emoji characters are approved on an annual basis. 230 new emoji will be introduced throughout major platforms in 2019.
- The original set of emoji are on display in the museum of modern arts: The museum of modern art New York displays the original 176 emoji for mobile phones and pagers created by Shigetaka Kurita and released in 1999.
- The Emoji movie was released in 2017: The movie is about a multi-expressional emoji which sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji. The Emoji Movie won awards under four categories, worst picture, worst director, worst screen combo and worst screenplay at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards. It was the first animated film to receive nominations and wins in those categories.
- A creative short film is made that sums up the emoji obsession in people: A two-minute-long documentary shows the strange obsession of people over emoji. The documentary is an inspirational work of Sir David Attenborough which is recorded under his distinct voice.
- The story of Moby-Dick was translated into emoji Herman Melville’s saga of man and whale was translated into emoji by Fred Benenson and his team. It was titled ‘Emoji-dick’ which has a place in the Library of Congress.
- Businesses such as Pepsi use emoji to connect to people. Marketing messages that use emoji have increased with a surprising growth rate of 775%.
- The face with tears of joy is the most emoji followed by the heart eye emoji and kissy face emoji
- As of 2017, there were 2,666 emoji in the Unicode Standard list which increased to 2800 around mid-2018 and still counting
- More than 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook.
- The popularity of Emojis led them to get added to Oxford Dictionaries. In 2013, the famous dictionaries added the emoji to their list of definitions as “A small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion.”
- Every year, more and more emojis are added to the existing pool with 230 of the tiny icons will be added over the year 2019.
- The hot dog emoji was a hot topic – there was quite a bit of debate on whether a hotdog emoji should be added to the pool of emojis. Emoji designers were not quite sure whether to create a hotdog emoji with or without ketchup, which delayed the release of the popular emoji. Luckily, the hotdog came out on top, and the hotdog emoji was created in 2015, with mustard on top
- Emojis are very popular for work correspondence – in 2017, 76% of Americans who were asked on whether they use emojis at work replied "Yes"
- The resemblance between the poop emoji and an ice cream cone is no accident - you probably noticed that the popular poopi emoji is strikingly similar to chocolate ice cream, and there is a good reason behind it; during a 2012 over-text interview with Willem Van Lancker, the man who helped create 400 of the original 500 Apple characters, he was asked about the similarity between the two characters. Van Lancker replied that "Some design elements may have been reused between them"
- The most surprising fact is that the plural of emoji is not emojis. In Japanese, the plural version of emoji is emoji. But in English, emoji and emojis are both commonly used as plurals of the word ‘emoji’ under the Merriam-Webster dictionary.