Emoji. You know them, you use them — maybe more than you’d like to admit.

But where do they come from? Which ones are most popular? And what new emoji are on the way?

Linguist Daniel Midgley is worth a thousand words on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Keep the Earth clean; it’s not Uranus
https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience/photos/a.456449604376056.98921.367116489976035/797523530268660/

Should we just rename Uranus already?
http://io9.com/should-we-just-rename-uranus-already-1481431026

Uranus In Other Language Than English
http://en.organisasi.org/translation/uranus-in-other-languages

Johanna on the Straight Dope Message Boards suggests ‘Varuna’
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=8140928&postcount=14

Varuna
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varuna

Kickstarter: Help preserve stories in the Sanhaptin language
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1797906135/legends-of-the-sahaptin-speaking-people-volume-2

Sanhaptin has split ergativity; some things get the ergative case, but some unexpected things don’t.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahaptin_language

Stanford linguist says prejudice toward African American dialect can result in unfair rulings
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/december/vernacular-trial-testimony-120214.html

http://kindofnormal.com/truthfacts/2014/02/03

Reddit: What if our use of emojis gradually becomes so extensive that we actually circle back to writing in hieroglyphics.
http://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/2a84b8/what_if_our_use_of_emojis_gradually_becomes_so/

How emoji conquered the world: The story of the smiley face from the man who invented it
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/4/3966140/how-emoji-conquered-the-world

Why 140 Characters, When One Will Do? Tracing The Emoji Evolution
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/30/326937998/why-140-characters-when-one-will-do-tracing-the-emoji-evolution

“IN 2013, IN RESPONSE to the question “Do you use stickers or emoji in message apps?” 74 percent of people in the U.S. and 82 percent in China responded that they have.”
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/emojis-rapid-evolution.html

Emoji are more common than hyphens. Is your software ready?
http://blog.luminoso.com/2013/09/04/emoji-are-more-common-than-hyphens/

Emoji Tracker: now has over half a billion uses on Twitter!
http://emojitracker.com

250 new emoji could be coming to a phone near you
http://www.androidcentral.com/250-new-emoji-could-be-coming-phone-near-you

Here’s the list
http://emojipedia.org/new-emoji/

Big list from the Unicode Consortium (PDF)
http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U1F300.pdf

✊ Start using the Unicode 7.0 emojis today
http://blog.getemoji.com/post/92123970905/start-using-the-unicode-7-0-emojis-today

Skin tones!
http://blog.emojipedia.org/2015-the-year-of-emoji-diversity

Unicode 8 slated for “Augstember NN, 2015”.
http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode8.0.0/

Emoji Dick: Moby Dick to be translated into Japanese emoticons
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/6218705/Emoji-Dick-Moby-Dick-to-be-translated-into-Japanese-emoticons.html

Order “Emoji Dick”
http://www.emojidick.com

How to sext in emoji
http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/03/definitive-emoji-sexting-glossary/slideshow/1/

Die-ins aren’t new.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die-in

But they’re in the news lately
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/08/new-york-grand-central-terminal-die-in-protests

-in as a protest suffix
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=sit-in


Show tunes

‘Computer Face / Pure Being’ by Flying Lotus
from the album Cosmogramma

‘About to Die’ by Dirty Projectors
from the album Swing Lo Magellan

Image credit: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3020937/the-first-all-emoji-art-show-announced