Emoticons are pretty important: Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker says they're an extremely useful linguistic evolution. The Oxford English Dictionary named "crying face" the word of the year. Humans collectively send 6 billion emoticons every day. But they don't teach emoticons in school, and some of them are actually hard to understand — at least for some of us.
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The smallest English dictionary in the world has been discovered by West Country book shop owner Graham York. Although only 1x3/4inch the tiny book's 384 pages contain thousands of words, and even comes with a lens in its case for surreptitious study when challenged by a lack of diction. Printed by David Bryce & Sons in Glasgow in 1890 it's thought only a handful of the mini books were made to show the printer's skills.