The surprising history of emojis

If you extrapolate the standardization of emoji, and then add a bit of graphic simplification, guess what you get? something like the Chinese ideographs or Kanji characters!

Let’s see if emoji “vocabulary” evolve into a new vocabulary of ideographs, and if the number you need to know how to read gets close to the 2,136 Jōyō kanji (lit. commonly-used kanji), which are the ones taught in school, though literate people usually know more.

In internationalization, CJK is a collective term for the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, all of which use Chinese characters and derivatives (collectively, CJK characters) in their writing systems. As of Unicode 9.0, Unicode defines a total of 80,388 CJK Unified Ideographs. (see for more information).

I must confess I view the prospect of having to learn 2,000 emoji with very little enthusiasm. :(

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