Friday fun with emoji

I’m a couple of days late with this nod to April Fool’s Day fun. The folks at Google Chrome helped us celebrate with this tongue-in-cheek video about emoji, which the Oxford Dictionaries say originated in the 1990s from Japanese: e ‘picture’ + moji ‘letter, character’.

Believe it or not. Moby Dick has actually been translated into emoji. See for yourself in this PBS video. You’ll also learn that the origin of emoticons is older than you think.emoji dick

Thanks to linguist Ben Zimmer for his post on the topic. I’ve got a queue of posts on crafting a genre in the works. But my day job is interfering with my blogging productivity. emoji frustrated

Author: _dr_kim_

I am a linguist who studies workplace language. My mission is to empower people at work by discovering and sharing the truth about communication.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.