Emoji and emoticons are not the same thing and the continued confusion of the two will not stand. An emoticon is a typographic display of a facial representation, used to convey emotion in a text only medium.
What is the meaning of emote?
Emote. To emote is to display emotions openly, especially while acting. An emote is an entry in a text-based chat client that indicates an action taking place. Unlike emoticons, they are not text art, and instead describe the action using words or images.
Is Emoji a plural?
In short: “Emoji” and “emojis” are both acceptable in written English. Which one you go with, though? Well… that's a slightly more complicated conundrum. According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the word “emoji” itself comes from the Japanese words “e,” or “picture,” and “moji,” or “character/letter.”