Whenever I share the work I do in defining emoji for Emojipedia, I inevitably meet a two-part response. First, people fawn over their faves. Hearts, smiles, and, yes, poo 💩 [https://emojipedia.org/pile-of-poo/] pile high among them. Then, they flick on their phones and present to me a character that
While we may be seeing greater convergence [https://blog.emojipedia.org/2018-the-year-of-emoji-convergence/] in their overall design, emojis still have variations in their appearance across platforms that can significantly alter their tone and personality. In a playful exercise earlier this month, we analyzed [https://twitter.com/Emojipedia/status/1105049317050597376] the temperament
On Friday, February 22, the London Times ran an article [https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/3444dd84-361d-11e9-b41a-ec1745518ba6] on emojis that made many of us go 😂, 🙃, or 🤔 online. > The Times emoji explainer is killing me. 🍆 🍑 🔥 pic.twitter.com/uA8Th2Mc62 [https://t.co/uA8Th2Mc62] — Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) February 22, 2019 [https:
Earlier this month, the Unicode Consortium debuted its final list of new emojis for 2019 [https://blog.emojipedia.org/230-new-emojis-in-final-list-for-2019/] —and we debated it. Some men felt challenged by what Pinching Hand [https://emojipedia.org/pinching-hand/] implied about their bodies [https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/pinching-emoji-tiny-dick-gesture-unicode-consortium-sexting] while some women
As we saw in our Emojiology on 👻 Ghost [https://blog.emojipedia.org/emojiology-ghost/], Halloween [https://emojipedia.org/halloween/] is downright haunted by emojis to mark the occasion. Close behind it, on the holiday front, is Christmas [https://emojipedia.org/christmas/]. From a 🎁 Gift [https://emojipedia.org/wrapped-present/] under the 🎄 Christmas
As many of us around the world move into the colder months of the year, we bundle up our emojis with scarves 🧣 [https://emojipedia.org/scarf/], coats 🧥 [https://emojipedia.org/coat/], and gloves 🧤 [https://emojipedia.org/gloves/], prepared for the freezing snow ❄️ [https://emojipedia.org/snowflake/] and icy winds 🌬️ [https:
At least, the OK gesture is not intrinsically a racist symbol of white power—nor is its emoji form, 👌 OK Hand [https://emojipedia.org/ok-hand-sign/]. Like many gestures, 👌 OK Hand [https://emojipedia.org/ok-hand-sign/] has many legitimate uses, but this one also has many layers of use that involve trolling,
Think emojis are all just fun and games? Then you haven’t met one that manifests some of our deepest, darkest fears 😱 [https://emojipedia.org/face-screaming-in-fear/]. It wants to give you a balloon 🎈 [https://emojipedia.org/balloon/]. It wants to charm you with juggling 🤹 [https://emojipedia.org/juggling/] at your
In our Emojiology series so far, we’ve clarified the confusion of 😪 Sleepy Face [https://blog.emojipedia.org/emojiology-sleepy-face/], reconciled the conflicts of 😭 Loudly Crying Face [https://blog.emojipedia.org/emojiology-loudly-crying-face/], and unpacked the complexities of 😏 Smirking Face [https://blog.emojipedia.org/emojiology-smirking-face/] and 😬 Grimacing Face [https://blog.emojipedia.org/
You know something’s up when the dictionary is at a loss for words. “We’re gonna be honest with you,” an article on Dictionary.com admits [http://www.dictionary.com/e/emoji/grimacing-face-emoji/]. “Even the dictionary can have a hard time putting things into words 😬.” What tongue-tied the dictionary?
We use emojis to help us express emotions, but sometimes it’s the emojis themselves that bring them on. Exhibit A: 😭. Social media manager Jasmyn Lawson ignited a Twitter debate last year when she proposed some guidelines for crying emojis: > Use these emojis for crying 😪😰😢😥 Not this emoji 😭 That one
By many measures, 😂 Face With Tears of Joy [https://emojipedia.org/face-with-tears-of-joy/] has led the pack as the most used emoji in recent years. Dogging its heels, though, is another smiley: 😍 Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes [https://emojipedia.org/smiling-face-with-heart-shaped-eyes/]. In 2017, this emoji ranked 4th on Apple platforms [https://images.
One of the great virtues of emojis are their ability to mark tone where plain text cannot. A simple ❤️ Red Heart [https://emojipedia.org/heavy-black-heart/] can add affection to a text message. A string of 😂 😂 😂 Face With Tears of Joy [https://emojipedia.org/face-with-tears-of-joy/] can show we find something funny
You might have scrolled past this emoji—😪—and puzzled about what it means, exactly. Tucked in a column with 🤤 Drooling Face [https://emojipedia.org/drooling-face/] and 😵 Dizzy Face [https://emojipedia.org/dizzy-face/] , it's a smiley with closed eyes and a slack jaw. A blue droplet drips from the middle of