Time, “The Emoji’s Strange Power”

July 17, 2014

Katy Steinmetz, “The Emoji’s Strange Power” (Time, July 17, 2014)

“It’s easy to write them off as just silly little smiley faces or thumbs-up,” says sociolinguist Ben Zimmer, the executive producer of Vocabulary.com. “But there’s an awful lot of people who are very interested in treating them seriously.” …

“Many people have hoped for something that was both a language and beyond anything we know as language,” says Zimmer. “With emoji, that’s more of a possiblity. It’s just a question of what we do with it.”

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