We live in a world where a huge portion of our daily communication takes place online. Whether we’re writing e-mails for work or are sending instant messages to friends and family on our smartphones – a lot of us nowadays rely on being able to convey our thoughts and ideas via digital text. In more informal situations, we can even use emoji’s to ensure that we get the right meaning across.
Emoji’s started their global success story in Japan in 1999. Back then ca. 180 emoji characters were created. Over time, the number of emoji’s has increased dramatically and it was only a matter of time before a new use was found for them. The times when emoji’s were restricted to a cheeky wink or to indicate sarcasm are long gone. In fact, even Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (a novel of approximately 27,500 words) has since been “translated” using around 25,000 emoji’s. Before you dive head first into this fantasy adventure, you might want to brush up on your emoji knowledge on the Ladbrokes site.
Apart from conveying emotions or rediscovering works of literature, they can also be used to create fun brain teasers, puzzles, and riddles. You can play quiz marathons with your friends by sending each other emoji’s and including a hint. In the example below, the hint could be “TV show” or “TV series” and the answer would be “Friends”.
So, how well do you know your emoji’s? We’ve put together eight more fun emoji riddles you can share with your friends (you can find the answers at the bottom of the article).
Hint: Sports star
A picture can tell a thousand words, which is why emoji’s are so popular – they can fill in the gaps of meaning that text-based communication can have. Ladbrokes have even launched their own movie emoji quiz recently where you can test your knowledge. However, users have to be careful because emoji’s cannot only be interpreted differently in various cultures, but their look and consequently their subtle message can also change between platforms.
For instance, a smiley poo emoji sent from an iOS 9.1 device will change into a poo with flies and no face, when received by a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Users should, therefore, be aware that they can be a source of misunderstandings.
The rise of emoji’s has opened up a whole new way of how we can communicate with each other. Whether you love or hate them, it doesn’t look like the little pictures will be vanishing any time soon. So why not have some fun with them?
1. Harry Potter
2. Beyoncé (Queen Bee)
4. No Country for Old Men
5. Michael Jordan
6. Tiger Woods
7. 99 Red Balloons (Nena)
8. Party in the USA (Miley Cyrus)