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21 July 2017

What’s the plural of emoji? The founder of Emojipedia ends the debate

Image: Lili Sams/Mashable

It’s been a big week for emoji 😎

After Monday kicked things off with the fourth annual World Emoji Day 🙌 Apple announced a new set of emojis coming to the iPhone later this year, including Woman With Headscarf and Zombie. 😮Also, Google announced its traditional “blob” emoji, which are getting overhauled later this year, will still be available to Allo users as a sticker pack 👍

Later this month will see the debut of the Emoji Movie. 🎬 It hits theaters on July 28, and Sony Pictures hosted a ceremony at the Empire State Building to both promote the movie and commemorate World Emoji Day, with the movie’s cast — including Patrick Stewart 🚀 and Maya Rudolph 😂 — hosting an event where the iconic skyscraper was lit up in “emoji yellow” 👊

Also in attendance: Jeremy Burge, the founder and Chief Emoji Officer of Emojipedia. 👨‍💻 Chances are if you’ve ever gone to the internet looking for a particular emoji, found it, then copied-and-pasted it into whatever app you’re using, you did that on Emojipedia, a comprehensive site for information about the rapidly evolving — and increasingly relevant — world of emoji 📘

Burge joins MashTalk in a wide-ranging conversation about emoji, its growing role in our discourse, and how the Unicode Consortium 💁  — the body that’s in charge of emoji and includes Burge on its board — decides which emoji get made and which don’t. He also settles the debate: Is the plural emoji or emojis? 👀

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