Happy World Emoji Day!

Jul 17, 2018 | First Edition Translations, Language, Miscellaneous, World events

emoji day

…yep, Emoji Day is now a thing!

Since the advent of text messaging with character limitations (think early mobile phones, if you can still remember!), we’ve been using emoticons and later emoji to express our emotions and ideas in a quick and compact way to save some characters. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words!

And today, 17 July is now dedicated to these fun pictures. But did you know that emoticons and emoji in the Western and Eastern world are not actually used in the same way?

In Europe we tend to use the colon and the closing bracket that represent the eyes and grinning mouth to make up a smiling face, however, for example in Japan, you would use two carets to get the same results, making it look like even your eyes are smiling! (^^)

If you want to express your sadness, in Korea, you could use two capital Ts and a full stop: T.T Doesn’t it look like two eyes with some tears rolling down a person’s cheek?

And just like we have LOL for “laughing out loud” (although it’s not really an emoticon or emoji), in Japan, you can just type the kanji that means “laughing” to express how hilarious you find something: 笑. It kind of looks like a winking, laughing person, right?

Do you often use emoji? Do you have any favourites? Share and comment below!