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Emoji History


Do you speak emoji? If you have used a tablet, the answer is probably yes. This fall, Apple released hundreds of new emoji. They include a T. rex and a zombie. Emoji is a visual language. It can show ideas. It can show feelings. There are emoji for almost every need. Emoji were invented in 1999, in Japan. But people have been communicating with symbols for thousands of years.

The ancient Egyptians used symbols called hieroglyphs. That was more than 5,000 years ago. The oldest hieroglyphs show hunters and animals. Later, the images stood for ideas and words, just as emoji do today.