Emoji are little icons that are used to show emotion when sending a text message. The earliest emoji was the colon followed by a smiley face 🙂  which later became a smiley icon.

smiley-face

Since you can’t see or hear the person you’re messaging with, a smiley face can let people know when you’re kidding or being sarcastic.  Emoji have expanded far beyond just a smiling or frowning face these days. Sometimes I get messages that appear to be in hieroglyphics.

Emoji can often look similar. For example, here are three crying emoji with three very different meanings.

emoji-sad

This emoji is supposed to represent a pile of poo. However, I’ve known people who mistook it for chocolate ice cream.

poo-emoji

There’s no way I could list all of the meanings, but I do have a great resource.

Click here to check out the Emoji Dictionary.

emoji-dictionary