Is there a specific term for sentences written with symbols or emoji only instead of words? An example would be a string of emoji on a facebook comment of a post.

  • Perhaps a neo-rebus?
    – bib
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 20:52
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    how about semiotical diarrhea?
    – user180089
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 20:55
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    I'd use "unintelligible", if I knew how to spell it.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 21:55
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    I’m voting to close this question because sentences are defined as having words. Commented May 24 at 21:48
  • There's really 2 separate things. One is using emojis like pictograms to tell stories like these which just seem to be called emoji stories 😊 ✈️ ⚡ 🔥 😢. The other is representing a sentence like a rebus where you keep grammar and possibly sound eg 👁️ 💕... (I love...)
    – Stuart F
    Commented May 24 at 22:04

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A pictorial symbol for a word or phrase. Pictographs were used as the earliest known form of writing, examples having been discovered in Egypt and Mesopotamia from before 3000 BC.

Note: The answer given by @vickyace is still technically correct as pictograms, or pictographs, are a form of ideographs/ideograms.

  • The blurb of Book from the Ground, composed entirely in emoticons and punctuation, reads: "Xu Bing spent seven years gathering materials, experimenting, revising, and arranging thousands of pictograms to construct this narrative." books.google.com/books/about/…
    – Hseldom
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 3:27

Not exact but close enough,see ideography.


The use of ideograms (see definition) or logograms (see definition) to express ideas.


portmanteau emojis - a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel (from ‘motor’ and ‘hotel’) or brunch (from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’). "podcast is a portmanteau, a made-up word coined from a combination of the words iPod and broadcast"

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