from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the standardized emoticons used in Japanese text messaging.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Japanese 絵文字 emoji (emoji, emoticon), from e (picture) + 文字 moji (character)



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  • NPR's science friday has a 17 minute episode on how emoji's are used in language.

    May 24, 2015

  • I'm not sure the above etymology is correct. I always thought it was a Japanglish portmanteau of the emo from emoticon and -ji (meaning “characters”) on the model of the etymologies of romaji and kanjiquod vide.

    April 24, 2014

  • was 'moji' chosen instead of another possible word for 'letter' in order to include 'emo' in the word and connect it to the English 'emoticon', or is it some kind of Internet Predestination?

    May 4, 2009

  • Cf. henohenomoheji, the first emoticons. (Or not?)

    March 9, 2009

  • “Emoji (絵文字 ?) is the Japanese term for the picture characters or emoticons used in Japanese wireless messages and webpages. Originally meaning pictograph, the word literally means e "picture" + moji "letter". The characters are used much like emoticons elsewhere, but a wider range is provided, and the icons are standardized and built into the handsets.�?


    March 9, 2009