The emoticons and emojis have achieved the distinction of word of 2019 that grants from seven years ago, the Foundation for Urgent Spanish, promoted by the Agency Efe and BBVA. After choosing a public protest in 2013, selfi in 2014, refugee 2015, populism in 2016, aporofobia in 2017 and microplástico in 2018, the team of the Foundation has chosen on this occasion by highlighting the role of these small symbols in the communication.
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For its part, last Friday, the RAE had chosen 14 words to define 2019: progress, sports, feminize, Constitution, trust, welcome, Welfare State, elections, artificial intelligence, school, weather, eurosceptic, self-determination, and triumph.
The emoticons were born in the nineties, and at its inception there were only drawings that were created with punctuation marks, like ;-) In this century have become the emojis, drawn figures which contain a symbolic value and help to the communication.
"this is Not, of course, that the emoticons and the emojis come to steal words or perverting our language, which has been shown for centuries its ability to adapt to new times and to the technologies of each era. Or we end up expressing ourselves only with this kind of items. We believe rather that they constitute one more element that contributes to the achievement of the ultimate purpose of language: communication between people," says the general coordinator of the Fundéu BBVA, Javier Lascuráin. "In a world marked by the speed, the emoticons provide agility and conciseness. And in an environment in which much of what we write, especially in chat rooms and instant messaging systems, it is oral communication put in writing, these elements allow us to add nuances of gesture and intention that would otherwise be lost," he says. The president of Fundéu BBVA, Mario Tascon, during its intervention this year in the Congress of Academies of the Language in Seville, said: "it May be that the emojis are the closest thing to a universal language that has ever created humanity."
The Fundéu BBVA is a non-profit institution whose objective is to promote the good use of Spanish, especially in the media. To this end, it submits every day recommendations language related to current affairs news and responds to hundreds of inquiries via phone, e-mail, the web and social networks.Updated Date: 30 December 2019, 00:00