It’s okay to use emojis as replacement for words in articles now because they’re getting the official recognition they deserve. Dictionary.com is charting the change technology is having on our language by adding official definitions of the symbols.
“As a dictionary it’s our job to have reference content for the terms or communication tools that people have questions about,” Lauren Sliter, head of content strategy for the site told Time.
Here are a few Dictionary.com definitions from the new archive of digital culture:
“The nail polish emoji can serve as a tone marker indicating sass, fanciness, nonchalance, or self-confidence across a variety of digital contexts”
“It is used to signify that something is cool, awesome, exciting, or more colloquially, “on fire.” It can also convey that someone is sexy”
“When not alluding to the literal animal, the goatemoji stands for GOAT, an acronym meaning Greatest of All Time. It is generally used in reference to highly skilled individuals, such as award-winning musicians or talented athletes, in order to praise them as being the all-time best in their chosen field.”
“Face with tears of joy is an emoji that represents someone laughing at something so hard that it makes them cry.”