Emojis pinged onto our screens way back in 2011, so you think we’d all know how to use them by now. Spoiler, we still don’t know how to use them.
To celebrate World Emoji Day 2020, we asked some younger Buzz Bingo colleagues to explain how to use emojis correctly and point out some common emoji mistakes. Here’s what we learned.
1. The 😂 emoji doesn’t mean what you think it means.
“Sorry to hear you’re ill 😢” means you’re genuinely sad to hear they’re ill.
“Sorry to hear you’re ill 😂” means you find their illness utterly hilarious. In fact, it’s so funny that you’re crying with laughter!
Yes, my friends, it turns out that the 😂 emoji does not mean “tears-in-my-eyes-because-I’m-so-sad.” Choose the 😢 emoji next time someone sends you bad news.
2. Certain emojis mean naughty things.
Ever heard about how Victorian ladies used their fans to convey secret messages? Fanning fast meant “I am engaged,” putting the handle to your lips meant “kiss me,” drawing it across your forehead meant “we are being watched.”
Well, certain emojis are a kind of modern-day version of Victorian fan language. Some are obvious, others less so.
The smirking face 😏 is used for innuendos and flirty jokes. A peach 🍑 represents a butt. An aubergine 🍆 symbolises a man’s naughty bits. The fire emoji 🔥 means someone or something is hot. Water drops 💦 aren’t rain, it’s an orgasm. A chili 🌶️ is like an aubergine, but hotter 😉
So just be careful next time you’re complimenting your friend’s amazing peach cobbler, yeah? 🍑🍑🍑
3. Emojis don’t all look the same on different devices.
The official name of this emoji 🙄 is “face with rolling eyes,” but be warned – this sassy eyeroll looks like a puzzled face on Twitter and a disgusted face on Facebook! This is because the appearance of some emojis differ, depending on where you’re viewing them. You can use emojipedia.org to check how your emoji might look in different places.
So, did we miss any crucial emoji know-how out of this blog post? Let us know – we need all the help we can get!