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Kaitlin Robbs, an English teacher, created a “vocabulary wheel” to help find the exact word to describe your feelings. Starting with a base of six words—fear, anger, disgust, sad, happy, and surprise—she included words such as “confused,” “bored,” “hesitant,” and “amused.” A total of 114 different emotions are included on the wheel.

She should have just used emojis.

If a friend ever texted you a joke, did you smile? Laugh? Laugh hard? Laugh so hard that you were crying? Maybe you got confused because you didn’t understand it, or were startled by their subject matter. It’s weird to type out “I’m rolling my eyes at you,” but a single emoji gets that across loud and clear.

I use emojis a lot in my emails and texts, because I want to be sure the recipient gets context. Sure, I could write a paragraph to explain it, but who has time for that? They’re also a great way to acknowledge someone’s communication without getting involved in a long conversation. A simple thumb's up will do.

July 17 is World Emoji Day, so celebrate these little shortcuts with a new emoji mug!

1. You’re the Best

I enjoy spending time with you, and not just because you make good coffee.

2. Laid Back

Got a fresh cup, no stress, and all is right with the world.

3. See What I Did There?

I use this one a lot, because I enjoy irony and sarcasm.

4. I Think I Love You

Maybe just because you brewed a fresh pot. Maybe for other reasons.

5. Yay!

I’m here, you’re here, the coffee is here… This is great!

6. J/K

Don’t take anything I’m saying seriously; it’s one of those moods.

7. Oh No

What do you mean there’s no more coffee?

8. Who Me?

I didn’t take the last cup, I swear.

9. I’m Dying Over Here!

Sometimes things are so funny, or so ridiculous, that all you can do is ROFLMA.

10. Despair

The coffee break is over and now I have to get back to work.

These emoji mugs are the perfect way to let family, friends, and coworkers know how you’re feeling. Need something different? You can do a search from our home page to find the best mug to express your style. Remember that U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping, too. That should make you :)!