THE most popular emoji animations have been announced, as one linguistics expert claims it is the fastest-growing language in the UK.

Dominated by variations on the traditional yellow face, the thumbs-up gesture, a love heart and a monkey also made the top 10:

1. Smiley face

2. Crying with laughter

3. Love heart

4. Beaming red cheeks

5. Thumbs up

6. Tongue out winking face

7. Blow kiss

8. Wink face

9. Confused

10. See no evil monkey


Andy Murray marked his wedding day last month by tweeting the story of the day entirely in emoji.

Technology giant Apple recently moved to make the faces in their emoji more diverse by adding the option of changing the colour of different faces. The word emoji was also added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013, with the word coming from the Japanese words meaning picture and character.