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National Emoji Day

July 17, 2017

We’ve all seen them. They’ve infiltrated our everyday lives. The smiley, the winky face, and yes, even the poop emoji can be seen in digital conversations across the world. And now, even in theaters. How did this happen? How did we get here?

Reportedly, the first emoji was created in 1998 or 1999 in Japan by Shigetaka Kurita. “Emoji” comes from the Japanese words e meaning “picture” and moji meaning “letter or character.” So quite literally translated, we have tiny picture-characters. From that time, and with the marriage of the iPhone and teenagers everywhere, the “emoji” has become an integral part of our daily communication.

Coincidentally, Apple has announced today that they will introduce new emoji characters to their operating systems later this year. The new icons include a t-rex, a breastfeeding woman, and “mind blown,” to name a few.

So whether you love ’em or hate ’em, it looks like they are here to stay!

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