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Yes, there really is a World Emoji Day. It's today!

By CNN Staff

Published July 17, 2019

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Emojis have completely changed the way we communicate in the digital age.

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They add a certain flair to texts, animate our feelings and can also improve communication by providing emotional cues.

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There are even emojis to express the more delicate matters...

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And who do we have to thank? Shigetaka Kurita created the first emoji in 1999. These are some of the original 176.

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In Japan, they were a big hit right away, but the use of emoji overseas really took off starting from 2012.

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Emojis have come a long way since that first design.

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Now, they feature more inclusive designs, with emojis to represent different ethnic groups and a wide range of skin tones to choose from.

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But it’s not all heart eyes and giggles.

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More and more emojis are popping up in court cases. For example: Is this a threatening message or is it simply a kitchen knife?

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And sometimes interpreting emojis can feel like rocket science.

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Still, with over 3,019 emojis to choose from, according to Emojipedia, what better way to show some love.

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