On World Emoji Day, learn what these frequently-used emojis really mean
- The word ''emoji' is a portmanteau of two Japanese words 'e' meaning picture and 'moji' character
- In 2014, the founder of Emojipedia, Jeremy Burge announced that July 17 be celebrated as World Emoji Day
- The first emoji was created in 1999
Emojis have become indispensable to conversation in the Internet generation. Emotions that would otherwise require a hundred words to convey, now find true expression in a small pictogram of a yellow face.
The word ‘emoji’, despite its proximity to the English language’s emotion, or emoticon, actually comes from Japanese. It is a portmanteau of two words — e meaning picture and moji, character.
However, the meaning of emojis vary vastly between cultures and social groups. Even intimate communities might disagree on the specific meanings of certain emojis.
Therefore, on World Emoji Day, let us look at the true meaning of certain emojis, according to Emojipedia, an authoritative archive of emojis in use.
😅: The grinning face with sweat:
An emoji that has gained wide popularity since Unicode 6.0 approved it in 2010. The emoji depicts a grinning face with one bead of sweat on top. It has come to suggest a nervous grin and even relief. The emoji is often used to express a close call.
🤪: The grinning face with one large and one small eye
The smiley making a silly face with eyes misplaced and the tongue is a signature of goofiness. The emoji commonly represents having fun and partying. Approved as part of Unicode 10.0 in 2017, it is among the newer emojis and is generally used to convey a spirit of wackiness.
😶: Face without a mouth
A face with simple open eyes and no mouth signals as if one is at a loss for words. While the meaning of this varies widely, it is generally understood to mean speechlessness, moderately negative emotions, frustration or sadness.
😒: The Meh expression
A favourite of the serially irritated, the emoji features a yellow face with slightly raised eyebrows, a frown and eyes looking to the side. It is used to convey a range of negative emotions including displeasure, grumpiness and skepticism. It is considered equivalent to giving someone the side-eye.
😡: The red pout
A red face with an angry expression may convey intense degrees of hate or rage. But very often the red pout signals a cuteness that makes it feature in lovers’ quarrels.