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Folio said:Credit of course Japan for emojis. Funny as they already had three writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji.
Japanese has precisely ONE writing system (called "Japanese"). You're talking about character sets. Any typical language will have multiple character sets. Like English: two phonetic character sets (uppercase letters, lowercase letters), numerals, punctuation marks, other typographical symbols. Japanese is pretty much the same: two phonetic character sets (hiragana, katakana), numerals, punctuation marks, other typographical symbols. Plus one big addition: Chinese characters. All in ONE writing system.
Re "credit Japan for emojis": Mmm, kinda sorta.
Emoji were long predated by emoticons, of course. Somewhere along the line came graphical "smileys" mapped to emoticons – essentially emoji, if not by that name. But did those appear in software (especially messaging software like AIM, Yahoo Pager, etc.) before the first set of characters labeled "emoji" in DOCOMO i-mode phones in late 1999? I'm not sure; a bit of checking turns up conflicting info.
But either way: emoticons, smilies, and emoji have been happily used and developed by people everywhere. I'm not giving any one political entity any credit.
rogifan_new said:Wow this site is really obsessed over what the media says about Apple competitors. Why do you care?
ericthehalfbee said:Pie? How generic can you be? Pecan Pie would have been better. So would Peppermint.
(Okay, needs work...)