There is little to no doubt that emojis are slowly but surely taking over the English language. So as we approach the end of the new year, perhaps this is the best time to rank which emojis were leading the charge in the slow coup of our language. 

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Apalon Apps, an iOS app development company came up with this year's rankings after collecting data from its its Emoji Keypad app.

Here are the top 10 emojis as ranked by Apalon:

1. 😂 Face with Tears of Joy

2. 😍 Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes

3. 👍 Thumbs Up Sign

4. 😜 Face with Stuck-Out Tongue and Winking Eye

5. 👏 Clapping Hands Sign

6. 😀 Grinning Face

7. 😘 Face Throwing a Kiss

8. 💋 Kiss Mark

9. 😃 Smiling Face with Open Mouth

10.😔 Pensive Face
 

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