Dictionary.com Adds Hundreds of Emojis to its Site

Dictionary.com has recently added hundreds of new emoji and slang articles to its site. This makes it the first dictionary to include published summaries for emoji.

The new slang terms include everything from ‘adulting’ to ‘f*ckboy’ in the latest update, which reflects the growing English language. Additional new articles are set to be added this year.

Emojis are incredibly popular and are used in many of today’s communication channels: across social media, text, email and more. Facial expressions include the face with tears of joy, the face with rolling eyes and objects like the pile of poo and the eggplant.

Liz McMillan, CEO of Dictionary.com said: “As time goes on, old words take on new meanings, new words are introduced, and new forms of communication, like emoji and memes, emerge. Our products are meant to help users understand the many ways language is actually being used, so we consistently publish new additions, even when communication surpasses the traditional written word. With this update, consumers now have access to comprehensive, accurate meanings and example sentences using the latest emoji and slang terms.”

Internet culture has increased dramatically and has become a new way of communication for people, including memes, GIFs and tongue-in-cheek jokes.

Jane Solomon, Linguist-in-Residence of Dictionary.com said: “We’re constantly identifying new terms and the nuanced ways that English speakers are using them to ensure Dictionary.com evolves along with language. Emoji have developed from their 12×12 pixel origins on early Japanese cellphones to the major cross-cultural mode of expression they are today. Their use is loaded with meaning, and it’s part of our job as lexicographers to capture this meaning as best we can.”