Sure, the CryLaugh emoji is pretty utilitarian. The TongueWink can save the dullest of exchanges. But you know you've found yourself in a position where the usual assortment of smiles, flags and aubergines has failed to communicate your emotions to the fullest degree.
Enter stage left, hero of the hour: the Japanese Kana keyboard.
Rather than using the universal Unicode Emoji, the little-known Kana keyboard has a preselection of emotive faces that use conventional keyboard symbols and Japanese characters.
By activating this on your iPhone keyboard, you'll be able to employ expressive symbols such as ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ , (ಥ﹏ಥ) and even ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ.