Emoji Defined

UPDATE! I’ve created a new post with updated emoji from 2018. Visit it here: NEW EMOJI EXPLAINED.

Using the emoji keyboard on my phone has turned me into a hieroglyphic master. Or so I thought. There are so many, for lack of a better word, vague emoji. But lucky for me (and you), I discovered exactly what each of them represent.

When using iMessage on my laptop, I can click on the emoji menu that shows me the same options that are on my phone. The advantage is when I mouse over one, a little text box pops up that describes the image.


Some of the descriptions are a little…odd to say the least. I was sure that the orange-red angry face would have stood for "I hate your stinking guts," but I was wrong. Evidently the person in charge of that description has a more intense pouting face than me.

I also thought Grinning Face with Smiling Eyes looked like someone who was stressed or saying, "Oops, my bad!" It was quite nice to verify that the poop emoji is, in fact a Pile of Poo!

I've always used the Dizzy Symbol in conjunction with a rainbow for the old NBC public service initiative. I guess it's good that I'm not dizzy enough to use it for its intended purpose!

You'll have to share which one surprised you the most. For me, it was the red heart that I used so often to represent love. Guess I'll be using a different color from here on out!

Without further ado…emoji defined!

There are far more emoji than are in this graphic, but, to be honest, I use the same three all the time—Winking Face, Face with Tears of Joy, and Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes. I guess my texts are pretty predictable. ;)

I had a friend that was disappointed that our text was being replaced with images. That "our children won't know how to convey emotion with correct grammar." What I've realized is, there are times when an emoji is the best way I can convey how I really feel. What would have taken me a paragraph can be condensed into just a few emoji.

How is it for you? Do you use more text in your messages or more emoji?