We though we knew emojis till we read this. You will never use these emojis the same way again.
“The origins of the emoji can be traced all the way back to the late 1990s, when the original set of 176 icons was released in Japan. It wasn’t until 2011, though, when Apple first included an emoji keyboard on its iPhone operating system, iOS, that things really took off. Fast-forward to 2017, and the emoji has gone global. There are now more than 1,850 to choose from, and the variety borders on the absurd: there are three types of cable car, two trams and 12 trains; a stopwatch, an alarm clock and an egg-timer; an ox, a water buffalo and two cows; two types of camel, Bactrian and dromedary; and no fewer than eight phases of the moon.”
We especially loved learning about this cutie:
“A relatively recent addition to the emoji alphabet, this topsy-turvy smiley was no doubt intended to be used as yet another goofy, playful expression of happiness. That’s right, boring old happiness. Hasn’t it had enough dedicated to it already? The good thing about emojis, though, is that unlike words, they don’t have a dictionary definition, and that means we can use them however we like. In the case of the upside-down smiley, it has a secondary meaning as a symbol for low-key, passive-aggressive bitchiness, which, if you ask us, is a far more useful addition to the emoji alphabet than an eighth way of describing how blithely content with life you are. Think of it as the smiley version of an inverted crucifix, corrupting and subverting everything it stands for.”