What Is The Difference Between Emoji And Emoticon?

If you think emoji and emoticon are the same things then you are wrong. Let’s discuss the difference between emoji and emoticons.

What Are Emoji?

Emoji is a small image that can be easily inserted into a text that shows an expression or idea. They are mostly used in text messages and emails. They are found in almost every type of electronic communication.


Emoji were first used in cell phone communication in Japan back in 1997. The word emoji is a blend of Japanese word ‘e’ which means picture and ‘moji’ which means character. Both emoji and emojis are considered to be the correct plural for the word emoji.

What Are Emoticons?

Now let’s ponder some view upon what emoticon means. An emoticon in simple words is a representation of common facial expressions of humans. They are made with the use of keyboard characters like alphabets, numbers and punctuation marks. Emoticons became popular in the late 1990s with the arrival of texting and emails.

The word emoticon is a combination of two words emotions and icon. As we said earlier, emoticon was build from keyboard characters and is put together in a way to represent a facial expression. And an emoji itself is an actual image.

Examples Of Emoji

Emoji exists in various genres other than just facial expressions, including common objects, places, and types of weather, vehicle, sport, and animals. The introduction of new emojis is non-stop and will be never-ending. Emoji are now available in several colors and shapes. Even one single emoji is available in four to five different shades and tints.

For a fact, Oxford Dictionaries even named the Face with tears of joy emoji the “word of the year.” The basic 12×12 pixel emoji grew in popularity across various platforms rapidly. Emoji was the main reason for the invention of smartphones.

Examples Of Emoticons

Western countries usually use emoticons at the right angle of the direction of the text. For example, 🙂 is the commonly used emoticon. Also, birthday faces are used widely all around the world. Lenny face was first used in Japan and was initially know as kaomoji, Kao meaning face and moji meaning characters.

Many SMS and email services use lenny face emoticons to express emotions in the form of text. Here is an example of the most common lenny face;

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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