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WT: The History of Emojis ft. Ava Gordy

The history of the crying laughing emoji, explained at last.

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  • The emojis. Do you remember the first time their little cartoon faces lit up your life? Ava Gordy of What's Trending runs it down — from the emojis' humble beginnings as an obscure piece of paraphernalia in Japan invented by designer Shigetaka Kurita, to 2016's word of the year (which was the crying face emoji), and now movie stars. The Emojis have taken over our culture, and more.

    Watch, as Ava Gordy discusses the diversification of emoji — the original 180 emojis, and the difference between an emoji and an emoticon, and the Miriam-Webster's definition of emoji which I'm sure must have been exciting to write for all involved. The emojis' journey from your tiny little telephone screen to the big screen to your tiny little telephone screen again after it finishes its theatrical run is an exciting one. The yellow smiley face went from 70's icon to the man of a thousand faces. (Wait, is it one guy? Does the video cover this?? It doesn't!?).

    What do you think of the emoji? This video, its history — whatever. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.

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