I mean, come on. Maybe the word emoji, but the idea came from smilies, aka emoticons, long before and I was reviewing books on the topic before 1999 ...
I learned about IRC smileys... but my computers were always so far behind that new features* were unsupported until several years had passed.*like emojis
Hmmm. The last section of the linked article tells about the "emoji d1ck." That just sounds SO wrong.
[dang (isc)2 censor said
"You used a bad word, d1ck, in the body of your post. Please clean up the body before posting."
What if my given name were Richard?}
BTW, given that the article attributes the true graphical emoji to a Japanese originator I note the the Japanese also improved greatly on the original sideways smileys:
:-) ;-) ;-( etc
with their much more expressive Japanese upright smileys: