FRESH IDEAS: Emojis as the new lingua franca

From Prospect: "Emojis, the pictograms that now come as standard with all smartphones … from a standing start not long (ago … they have been standard on the iPhone since 2011, and on Android from 2013), have become the world's foremost lingua franca. There are now 1,851 emojis.

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“English, generally thought of as the ‘world language,’ is only used by one in five people on Earth. But — sketchy though the metrics are — the evidence suggests that over 90 percent of the world’s internet users make use of emojis on social media; and 80 percent of all adults (it’ll be higher for teenagers) regularly use emojis in messages. That cry-laughing emoji is legible from Seattle to Saigon.”