Where we used to emote, now we emoj. I mean this in the literal sense as I have developed the ability to transform my own face into the frowning cat or mustached man of the Emoji keyboard. You probably have too or at least have a friend who can.
In Tuesday’s post on the now ubiquitous smiley app and our generation’s penchant for using the icons in favor of words, one commenter mentioned something that I talk about on a far-too-often basis which is:
What do our recently used emojis say about us?
But before we can self-analyze, it’s important to define the meaning behind each emoji in and of itself. Take mine in the above picture, for example…
Dancing twin girls: An emoji standard. If you don’t have this in your recents well, I’m not sure if we can be friends. It means everything from “Yay!” to “Dance dance!” to “I don’t have a good response to the strange thing you just told me so here!”
Red heart, face with heart eyes, and pink heart: The pink heart was a typo so it’s irrelevant. The red heart is almost as standard as the dancing twins and everyone knows that heart-eyed emoji is for commenting on Instagram when someone posts a beautiful pair of shoes.
Fire: I was either telling a friend she was on fire or that I wanted to set her on fire, probably the latter.
Hallelujah hands: Also known as the Jay Z Hova Hands, these are often used when I need to say “preach,” or “hell yes,” but forget how to spell.
Princess: It was someone’s birthday, obviously. I am thoughtful.
Bunny: Non-holiday usage of the bunny means you have a habit of calling others “bunny,” maybe because you forget their name and plugged them into your phone as “friend from camp,” or because you understand the adorableness of baby rabbits in general.
Sailboat: Does this one need explanation? Sailboats are cool.
The trophy: Ahh, the trophy. The trophy is used when handing out superlatives (for example, my friend Danielle won Amelie’a Favorite Friend of the Week award for acknowledging a good hair day I was having and tweeting about it). It can also be used when you want more than a glass of wine but not quite the whole bottle.
The widemouthed toothy face: “Eek.” Or, “Oops.” Or, “Brushed my teeth, see??”
All the other faces I’ve used and the “okay” hand are fairly self-explanatory. As for the pointing up finger, I use that one almost every single day to call someone out on the Insta.
Now, what do all of these emojis say about me? Oh, I don’t know, maybe that I’m a boat-cruisin’ trophy sippin’ Hova handin’ son of a gun. The more important and interesting question is obviously: what do yours say about you?
Screen shot your emojersons, upload them in the comments and then have a field day with self analyzation.
And if you do, in fact, want to tell me what mine mean, feel free. I love nothing more than internet therapy.