LIKE any young smartphone user, emojis are a part of Alex Irving's life.
So the Rockhampton woman was excited to hear 250 new symbols will soon be released for smartphone addicts.
Emojis, meaning picture letter in Japanese, are small images that people can send in electronic communication such as text messages or emails.
The "laughing face with tears" is Alex's favourite emoji at the moment, and she's curious to see what comes next.
She said she used them a lot when texting friends because they help showed the tone of the message, which could sometimes get lost with written words, especially when sarcasm was involved. "It helps to show someone how to take your message," she said.
Some new emojis are weather-related, such as the thermometer, fog or cloud with tornado.
Other are food-related, such as the hot pepper and fork and knife with plate.
Others are a little more random, like the derelict house building, the joystick and the "man in business suit levitating".
The Unicode Consortium, the group that issues a standard text for software platforms to use, announced the additions as part of the Unicode 7.0 standard.
Your guide to world of 'text speak'
IN a world where people are increasingly busy, sometimes they don't get around to texting every word they need to say. Abbreviations can save a lot of time, if you know how to decipher them.
Here we've deciphered the code for those who have always wondered what those initials stand for. We've listed some of the most common - and for the record, LOL does not stand for 'lots of love'.
- LOL - laugh out loud
- ATM - at the moment
- BTW - by the way
- BRB - be right back
- BFF - best friends forever
- ILY - I love you
- OMG - oh my god
- ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing
- TTYL - talk to you later
- TMI - too much information
- L8R - later
- JK - just kidding
- LMAO - laughing my ass off
- SITD - still in the dark
- STBY - sucks to be you
- NEDM - not even doom music
- L2P - learn to play
- GG - good game
- GLHF - good luck have fun