Words fail us: How emoji conquered the world

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Words fail us: How emoji conquered the world

More than five billion are sent each day on Facebook’s Messenger app alone. Where did they all come from?

Matthew Field

Whether you’re feeling happy, sad, flirty or angry, there is guaranteed to be an emoji to express your mood. 

These tiny symbols have become the fastest growing “language” in the world. So much so that in 2015, the most used emoji, the crying, smiling face, was awarded Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. 

Today, there are more than 2,800 emoji – and that list is growing. Apple, for instance, has released previews of a number of new emoji due to be rolled out later this year, including a range of disability-themed designs...

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