Dictionary.com adds emoji entries


Are emoji words? A major online dictionary says they are. On Tuesday, Dictionary.com became the first
dictionary to include “published summaries” for emoji. The entries can include definitions, example
sentences and even etymologies. Take for example the pile of poo emoji. Dictionary.com says Before it became ubiquitous in the U.S., the
emoji was very popular in Japan. Now, you might be reacting to this news with
a thinking face or upside-down face. But Dictionary.com’s linguist-in-residence
explained the site was evolving with language. Similarly, in 2015, Oxford Dictionaries said
emoji: “The English language can not fully capture the depth and complexity of my thoughts so I’m incorporating emoji into my speech to better express myself.” That year, the dictionary picked the “tears
of joy” emoji as its word of the year. But for all that emoji can do to enrich digital
conversations, the characters also have drawbacks. The executive editor of Vocabulary.com once
told CNBC that emoji could lead to miscommunication — especially since some characters have
different connotations with different cultures.

Daniel Ostrander

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