Learn the Differences Between Slightly Different Emoji

Tennis shoe, smiley face, rocketship, pasta, am I right?
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These days, a text is rarely just text. As emoji sprung up on smartphones over the last 10 years, they’ve given us a new language to communicate in full of smiles, winks and hearts. Emoji can trace their roots back to the emoticons of the early 1980s — if you’re old enough to remember life before smartphones, you’ve probably used the smiley emoticon, :-), composed of a colon, dash and closing parenthesis. Emoji, however, are massive sets of characters available through iOS, Android, Windows and MacOS. Some use emoji …