Metatalktail Hour: For this, I'm gonna need an emoji that means "emoji" June 4, 2022 7:51 AM   Subscribe

For this week's Metatalktails, I'd like to ask about your emojiness. Apparently, "face with tears of joy" ๐Ÿ˜‚ is the most common emoji in more countries than any other. Do you often use an emoji that's not the laugh/cry face, or any of the other top 5 ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ข? What's the last emoji you used? Any emojis that make you feel ๐Ÿ˜–? Which ones do you especially ๐Ÿ˜? And finally, if you could add a new, unique emoji to the Emojicon, what would it be?

Or just talk about what's up with you, what's on your mind, what you've been doing. (but no โš™๏ธ๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฃ please!)

Also, ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ—“ to all! ๐Ÿ’“
posted by taz (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 7:51 AM (97 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

My most common expression of enthusiastic agreement is
posted by barrett caulk at 7:55 AM on June 4, 2022 [7 favorites]

2nd post, ๐Ÿ’ฉpost!
posted by lalochezia at 7:56 AM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

poop with eyes and a mouth always creeps me out so much. Like what is the poop using that mouth for?
posted by taz (staff) at 8:01 AM on June 4, 2022 [4 favorites]

I like hugs, and I like to give hugs of support and consolation. Some of the best hugs are accompanied by tears. It frustrates me that there is no good emoji for a hug that does not have a smile.
posted by meinvt at 8:04 AM on June 4, 2022 [4 favorites]

๐Ÿค” (thinking face) is love, ๐Ÿค” is life. Back in 2017 or so, I ran into an Air Force guy at a trade show who had a ๐Ÿค” morale patch (2"-3" shoulder patch, embroidered, velcro backed). I didn't ask where he got it, and I have always regretted it.
posted by Alterscape at 8:10 AM on June 4, 2022 [3 favorites]

I feel the lack of an emoji that means "pleasantly surprised" All the "wow" type ones look a bit like they're horrified or angry ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ณ
My favorite emojis are ๐Ÿ˜, ๐Ÿค”, and ๐Ÿ™ƒ and I also enjoy the stealth sarcasm of a well timed ๐Ÿ‘
posted by Zumbador at 8:12 AM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

๐Ÿ˜… gets.. a lot of use. Hah hah.. hahhhh.. uhh... (this is my most frequent right now by far)
๐Ÿ˜ฌ yikes and/or "this is fine".
๐Ÿค– yikes and also I'm a totally normal human having a normal human response.

I'd like way more robo-emoji please. Also more dinosaurs.
posted by curious nu at 8:19 AM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Also oh my gosh these look so different on a Windows machine vs the OSX/iOS I'm usually on. H-how do people live like this.
posted by curious nu at 8:37 AM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

My emoji idiolect:
- ๐Ÿ˜ป: I am twitterpated by this person, idea, or cat picture
- ๐Ÿ’ƒ: I am overjoyed
- ๐Ÿ’ช: I am proud

I suspect my most used emoji is โ˜๏ธ, from a group chat I'm in with some unusually like-minded friends.
posted by eirias at 8:48 AM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

I am weirdly emoji phobic. I feel like there's all sorts of nuance that I don't understand, and I'm going to use them wrong and look stupid or piss people off. I think it's actually the first time my general social anxiety has spilled over to internet communication. (I mean, that's not true if you count email. I have all sorts of anxiety about email. But usually I can post internet thingies without freaking out that I'm somehow missing social cues that everyone else is getting.)
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 8:49 AM on June 4, 2022 [7 favorites]

posted by Mizu at 9:18 AM on June 4, 2022 [3 favorites]

H-how do people live like this.

I'm sure future glottochronologists are going to have a field day with linguistic divergences like this.

The linguists have already started in fact: the Apple "grinning emoji" is perceived as negative compared to Microsoft and Android versions, and actually negative in absolute terms.
posted by Rumple at 10:04 AM on June 4, 2022 [3 favorites]

Old-fashioned, still use emoticons as God intended. But I guess on Twitter sometimes the urge to reply with a flood of clown faces does overcome me.
posted by praemunire at 10:05 AM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

I use the warthog (๐Ÿ—) in many communications, but get angry when it's the "cute" version. Warthogs are serious.
posted by tiny frying pan at 10:09 AM on June 4, 2022 [4 favorites]

(This one is too cute!)
posted by tiny frying pan at 10:09 AM on June 4, 2022

๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ I often use the surfers to indicate a certain levity of tone- a buoyancy- something free-wheeling, light-hearted- an if you will Californian attitude to life.
posted by Balthamos at 10:13 AM on June 4, 2022

Not the most recent, but last year I was hospitalized, and had to have both an endoscopy and colonoscopy. The GI doc did this little pantomime about the tests, which I conveyed to a friend though a text message as โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‡
posted by Gorgik at 10:16 AM on June 4, 2022 [8 favorites]

I love this one from the recent update as a wow really kind of reaction ๐Ÿซฅ

And these to celebrate ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ƒ

Wanted to tell Jessamyn Iโ€™ve got really into Taskmaster! Season 13 while I was in the UK and now the seasons that are on YouTube.
posted by ellieBOA at 10:18 AM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

I inexplicably adore the ๐Ÿ˜ก, but only the iPhone version. It is exquisite. It perfectly captures fuming anger but in an amusing, almost self-deprecating and very appealing way.
posted by HotToddy at 10:24 AM on June 4, 2022 [5 favorites]

Also my least favorite is the ๐Ÿ˜ฌ because there doesnโ€™t seem to be any consensus on its meaning. Some people use it as a grimace, others as a forced smile, others to say โ€œyikes,โ€ and still others seem to use it as a general smiley face. Very confusing.
posted by HotToddy at 10:28 AM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

My most common emoji is ๐Ÿ˜‚. My kid is super funny so it gets used a lot in messaging. Sometimes I throw in a ๐Ÿ˜„ for the sake of variety. I also use ๐Ÿ˜‘ to indicate "not amused" and ๐Ÿ˜‘ to indicate "extremely not amused" bordering on slightly indignant.

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜ is a slow blink that means something on the order of "fuck is a-matter with you"

My most wished-for emoji is a side-eye with a straight mouth... this one looks angrier than I'm generally trying to express ๐Ÿ˜’

Also, there used to be an emoji on my phone that I loved, which is hard to describe: it was a face with the teeth bared and the eyes half closed, that looked like low-key irritated. My daughter and I used that one ALL the time, because we are always low-key irritated. One day it suddenly changed to a face with the teeth bared that looked terrified. Not the same energy at all, and we hates it (imagine low-key irritated face here)
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 10:43 AM on June 4, 2022 [7 favorites]

Missed the edit window: ๐Ÿ˜ is "not amused", ๐Ÿ˜‘ is "extremely not amused".
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 10:49 AM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

I use ๐Ÿ’ฏ and โœ… a lot. If we expand the question to include kaomoji, I get heavy use out of


and prefer it to the ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ emoji. I used to get a lot of use out of

(โ•ฏยฐโ–กยฐ๏ผ‰โ•ฏ๏ธต โ”ปโ”โ”ป

on work Slack, occasionally calming things down with

โ”ฌโ”€โ”ฌ๏ปฟ ใƒŽ( ใ‚œ-ใ‚œใƒŽ)

but sometimes one table isn't enough for your rage:

โ”ปโ”โ”ป ๏ธตโ”—[ยฉ โ™’๏ธ ยฉ]โ”›๏ธต โ”ปโ”โ”ป
(ใƒŽเฒ ็›Šเฒ )ใƒŽๅฝกโ”ปโ”โ”ป

Also I went through and added all the common fractions as text replacements so I can type, say, 1/3 and get โ…“ instead, across all the dumb apps that don't do it automatically. And 'mathx' will get me the ร— instead of a regular x. And so on.
posted by fedward at 11:09 AM on June 4, 2022 [7 favorites]


๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ด is for my period.
posted by Lawn Beaver at 11:52 AM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

I'm officially an Old as are most of my friends and acquaintances, so like ArbitraryAndCapricious I tend to use emojis sparingly and only in specific circumstances, to try to avoid accidental misunderstanding or confusion.

When someone sends me funny memes I'll respond with one of the laughing emojis or "LOL" or "Ha!" (I try to vary it so it doesn't seem like a lazy/knee-jerk ๐Ÿ˜€ reaction) if I don't have a specific thing to say or follow-up joke for it.

Like fedward I do favor some of the kaomojis. The "oh well/who knows" ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ comes in handy, as do (โ˜ž๏พŸใƒฎ๏พŸ)โ˜ž and/or โ˜œ(๏พŸใƒฎ๏พŸโ˜œ) for good puns and เฒ _เฒ  for the excellently-bad ones (assuming I don't have an even worse one to fire back with).

I had a friend who used a ๐Ÿ™‚ or :) at the end of every sentence in a got annoying, but what, I'm gonna tell him to stop??
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:32 PM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

(I mean, obviously he's happy about texting me! I'd hate to harsh his buzz.)
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:42 PM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

posted by signal at 2:09 PM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

I like ๐Ÿคฃ for funny things (it's funnier on it's side), use ๐Ÿ’‹ a lot for thanks in my family, and use thematic ones a lot, like ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› when the cat is outside visiting, or one of ๐Ÿž๐Ÿš๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿœ when it's lunchtime, say. The last one I used in a text was ๐Ÿต(it was breakfast and that was the complete text). I like how some emojis can be complete without words with them. And I enjoy the occasional sticker that will get suggested from an emoji and sometimes I'll use that instead.
posted by blueberry monster at 2:25 PM on June 4, 2022

I am often tossing the eyeroll emoji in places ๐Ÿ™„ but I also like "Look of disapproval" a lot เฒ _เฒ . My phone says that in addition to the tears of joy meme, I am also using ๐Ÿ’— and ๐ŸŽ‰ and ๐Ÿฅ‚ a decent amount.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:31 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

I do a lot of ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ and ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. Apparently ๐Ÿฆ  has also made quite a few appearances, if my "frequently used" list is to be believed.

The good is the Three Rivers Arts Festival had ALL of my favorite artists on the sale weekend, including a weaver who makes the most gorgeous scarfs and shawls. I was so excited to see her back again, we have the BEST chats and I now have two new summer weight blankets for my bed and might end up going back for a third or fourth as some of our blankets are getting super ratty.

The bad is that I had to let go of the inspiration for my username this past Friday. So Wigford really is hanging out with the buddies of his youth. I was able to let him go at home, outside in the warm sunshine. Mobile veterinarians are an absolute treasure. This vet squeezed me in for an exam and I did not feel rushed for a single moment. I miss him like crazy, it is not the same without hearing him yelling at the sky at dawn.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 2:49 PM on June 4, 2022 [9 favorites]

Apparently I use ๐Ÿ™„ the most.
I have a hard time using the ones with rosy cheeks because they seem embarrassed.

Emoji pet peeve: people who respond with emojis for the last thing you said to them.
Me: We got ramen!
Them: ๐Ÿœ!
It feels like conversing with a baby.
posted by xo at 3:33 PM on June 4, 2022 [4 favorites]

This shrug is the best kaomoji:

๐Ÿคท is terrible by comparison - unreadable at small sizes, and even when it's readable, it's just a shrug. ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ says "I greet the absurdity of this situation with some combination of existential despair, grim resignation, and good humor." I refuse to give up tweeting ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ whenever I am in a situation which requires it, which is often.
posted by Jeanne at 4:13 PM on June 4, 2022 [7 favorites]

Handy website for lots of kaomojis besides ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ. Android users (I can't find one for iOS, sorry) also have the option of an app with an impressive number of them that lets you pick favorites to add to the intro page, and you can press-and-hold one to copy it to your clipboard.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:41 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

๐Ÿ˜ฌ is my all time favorite and is my personal emoji embodiment (emoji-ment?). Having a baby means a lot of ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅน๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ and I love this guy ๐Ÿ˜˜ but occasionally worry it could be interpreted as flirtatious? I also like ๐Ÿง๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿค” for questionable situations and agree that ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ is far better than the emoji version. I use ๐Ÿ™ƒ for โ€œthis is fineโ€ and want to add ๐Ÿซ  for a more intense version. I also wish there was a better hug emoji! The Facebook โ€œcareโ€ react is honestly kind of good? Thatโ€™s my vote for an addition to the standard set.
posted by MadamM at 5:07 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

> For this, I'm gonna need an emoji that means "emoji"

This is relevant to my interests.
posted by Pronoiac at 5:08 PM on June 4, 2022

In the last month I've been conversing with a friend via text message far more frequently than I've ever come close to doing before. I usually treat it as a medium for exchanging very brief factual information or coordinating other communication. Carrying on thousands of lines of actual dialogue there is very strange. The asynchronous, non-disruptive nature of it is pretty neat, even if the keyboard is too small. For some reason, I've mostly been using the cat versions of faces, usually to replace vocal cues at the end of incontextual sentences that could easily be misunderstood, or (perhaps dangerously) to ironically make the opposite point: ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ฟ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ˜พetc.

Except for that one conversation, 99% of what I ever use are ๐ŸŽ‰ and ๐Ÿ‘. But, then, I can't even be bothered to use the cool ASCII faces and just use =).
posted by eotvos at 5:28 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

I came to the emoji game later than my mom. She was slow to pick up texting, understandable maybe as she's never been one to pick up new tech first. But once she started texting her emoji game was strong. At some point I realized my dad pays more attention to the pics in texts than the text (I realized I make an effort with him to "illustrate" my texts).... And now it's all making sense... Anyway, with her and my dad, I have a big emoji vocab- with others it's a lot of ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธand the occasional ๐ŸŒฎand ๐Ÿฆ•
posted by Tandem Affinity at 5:35 PM on June 4, 2022 [2 favorites]

kaomoji: โ”—(๏ฝฅแฝข๏ฝฅ)โ”›

Cowmoji: ๐Ÿ„
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:20 PM on June 4, 2022 [5 favorites]

paste, quote dancing men unquote.
๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ“ฒโ–ถ๏ธโฉโญ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ณโš ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ด------๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ๐Ÿ†’๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿ—จ๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿ•บโžก๏ธ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ’ท๐Ÿ‘ˆโ›น๏ธ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ•ด๏ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ๐Ÿค โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿšฌ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿ“ถ๐Ÿ“ณโš ๏ธโžก๏ธ๐Ÿšธโฌ…๏ธโ†ฉ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ญ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธโ–ถ๏ธ๐Ÿ›ด๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐Ÿš™๐Ÿšโ›ด๏ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿ“„๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ”™๐Ÿ›„โžฟ๐Ÿ†”๐Ÿ”„๐Ÿ†—๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“Ž๐Ÿ“Žโš™๏ธโœ‚๏ธโŒš๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿ’บ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€๐Ÿ”€โœด๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ“น

posted by clavdivs at 7:54 PM on June 4, 2022

๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜ appear to be my most frequently used emojis. Often I surround the "main" emoji with heartsโ€”โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒŸโค๏ธโค๏ธ = you're a star, is an example. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ definitely comes in handy when I've forgotten something or after sending a message with a typo. And who types Happy ๐ŸŽ‚ Birthday without the celebratory cake emoji?
posted by Scout405 at 8:23 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Gasp - How dare you!!

*slaps clavdivs in a scandalized manner*
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:43 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Pony request: MetaFilter should have custom emoji reactions like Slack so we can respond with :plate_of_beans:.

I use ๐Ÿค˜ a lot for rock on. I use it a lot for music but also as an indicator of almost any type of approval.
posted by Tehhund at 9:05 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

I stick to the kitty emojis, in part because I have a big orange cat and in part to sidestep the issue of emoji skin tones. I also like making symmetrical strings of emojis.
posted by carmicha at 9:22 PM on June 4, 2022

To paraphrase Alice in Wonderland, when I use an emoji it means just what I choose it to mean โ€“ neither more nor less. So, frankly, ๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿ˜ˆ, ๐Ÿ’ฉ the ๐Ÿ˜ผ and a ๐Ÿ€.
posted by fuse theorem at 9:27 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Slack turns :-) into a "slightly smiling face" emoji, so that's my most-used. Unfortunately, the "slightly smiling face" is just not quite smiling enough, so it seems like damning the situation through faint praise. My most common Slack reactions (many of which are not official emoji) are the aforementioned smile, "thank you", check mark, Maui (for "you're welcome"), a Skeksi (for "hmmmm..."), and the Kool-Aid Man followed by a brick wall (to signify extreme encouragement or enthusiasm).
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 10:01 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

*slaps fuse theorem, just in case*
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:04 PM on June 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Metafilter: damning the emoji with faint praise
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:04 PM on June 4, 2022

๐Ÿ˜˜ is used for sending kisses to my husband.

๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ Are all used to express the emotions of parenting.
posted by freethefeet at 11:20 PM on June 4, 2022 [3 favorites]

All my devices auto-correct h ug to ๐Ÿ‘ป. In (completely remote) work slack I use these ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ a lot. The company in general uses ๐Ÿ™Œ all the time in a wide variety of skin tones. My favorite slack-specific emoji is :t-hanks:
posted by bendy at 11:37 PM on June 4, 2022

Y'all can emoji away, my banana yellow Nokia 3310 renders them all as โ–ก and it means just what I choose it to mean โ€“ neither more nor less
posted by BobTheScientist at 1:11 AM on June 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

HotToddy, I am amazed about ๐Ÿ˜ฌโ€” and consternated, as I use it all the time, exclusively to mean โ€œYikesโ€ (apparently my life offers a high density of Yikes). I picture it coming with that โ€œsucking your teethโ€ sound, like โ€œooh, thatโ€™s gonna hurt in the morningโ€ or โ€œooh, in three seconds heโ€™s gonna realize the person he just spilled coffee on is the CEO.โ€

Jpfed, I know exactly what you mean about the slight smile damning with faint praise! Thatโ€™s my reaction too, every time someone uses it!
posted by eirias at 5:06 AM on June 5, 2022 [3 favorites]

I've complained on a previous thread about one of my least-favourite emoji usages, that of the drooling face to indicate finding something appetising. It's making a sex-face expression with a gross blob of drool hanging out, what is appetising about that?! Looking at it makes me actively not want to eat or think about food.

My two most-used emojis are ๐Ÿ˜‚ like the millennial that I am, and ๐Ÿ˜ญ, usually in an "I'm so touched/that thing is so cute" way but sometimes in an "I'm distraught/a bad thing has happened" way.

Partner and I both came down with covid late last week (a fairly shitty week overall since I was also dealing with this bullshit while sick), and on the last day before he got sick (day two for me) he made us some extremely delicious and nourishing soup. I texted my mother (who is both autistic and extremely not online) saying "[partner] made me soup ๐Ÿ˜ญ", because in my pitiful state it seemed like the kindest thing anyone had ever done for me, and she wrote back asking "is that a bad thing?". Which, ๐Ÿ˜‚.
posted by terretu at 5:47 AM on June 5, 2022 [4 favorites]

When the SO asks me for a food order I append this to it.

posted by Splunge at 5:49 AM on June 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

What does the upside down ๐Ÿ™ƒ one MEAN? I do not get it.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:11 AM on June 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

๐Ÿ™ƒ means, to me at least: shit's fucked but I'm keeping my sense of humour about it.
posted by Balthamos at 7:32 AM on June 5, 2022 [6 favorites]

Y'all, there are new emojis and I do not know what they mean.
posted by cooker girl at 8:03 AM on June 5, 2022 [3 favorites]

Pony request: MetaFilter should have custom emoji reactions like Slack so we can respond with :plate_of_beans:.
I think this is a brilliant idea that should almost certainly not be implemented. But, having :plate_of_beans:, :pepsi_blue:, :cabal:, and :crouton_petter: would be fun for a day.

But, at least we've got ๐Ÿ”, ๐ŸŽ, and ๐Ÿงˆ๐Ÿด to start with.

(I fucking hate it when slack turns perfectly innocent text into emojis. If I wanted an emoji, I'd have used one. D:, 8), and <3 are things people often need to type to each other at work. At least at my work. Having to figure out how to turn it off yet again and then do it for every one of a dozen workspaces on every new device is a pain in the neck.)
posted by eotvos at 8:36 AM on June 5, 2022 [3 favorites]

Iโ€™ve started replacing all my insufficiently cool reactions with ๐Ÿ’€. To be inscrutable and cool and avoid committing to an earnest reaction. (Note, I am extremely, exhaustingly earnest IRL. Now others can attribute a reaction to me. Woo.)

Recently had a private discord event where a bunch of my 40-50yo friends (I am solidly there too) responded to super bad news (think โ€œI failed the bar exam,โ€ not death but bad) with ๐Ÿ˜ญ over and over. To me thatโ€™s LOLSOB and it hurt me to watch it. They werenโ€™t trying to be jerks, probably? Although maybe? Possibly one or two people in there were like YES SWEET AMBIGUITY
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 9:10 AM on June 5, 2022

In short ๐Ÿ’€
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 9:10 AM on June 5, 2022

To me thatโ€™s LOLSOB
Cripes. The way the mouth is drawn on my device doesn't make that at all obvious. I'm glad I've never used it. This is a dangerous medium for communication. (I think this thread has convinced me never again to use emojis with people I don't know well enough to share a tent with, except perhaps in a context where it's obviously absurd.)
posted by eotvos at 9:43 AM on June 5, 2022 [2 favorites]

I certainly feel dumb and behind for asking this, but how does one include emojis in comments here if one wanted to? Is there a list somewhere of whatโ€™s allowed and what isnโ€™t?
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 10:01 AM on June 5, 2022

I doubt this is the best answer, The Pluto Gangsta, but on a pc I usually search for the emoji I want in a search engine and then copy-and-paste it. (On a phone, I pick it from the keyboard.) All the unicode ones seem to work here, at least when I look at them.
posted by eotvos at 10:05 AM on June 5, 2022

how does one include emojis in comments here if one wanted to?

I'm commenting from my phone which makes it easy to use emojis when I want them. (Not normally on Metafilter, all the time on Discord.)
posted by blueberry monster at 10:13 AM on June 5, 2022

If you're using a browser on a Mac OS you can go Edit > "emoji and symbols" > "emojis" and take your pick.
posted by Balthamos at 10:19 AM on June 5, 2022

I have nobody to tell this who would care, so - i miss the out-of-control expressive google blob emoji. The heart eyes from this set is how i feel inside. Emoji for those of us who get "craig" on the "which parks and rec character are you?" quiz.
posted by ominous_paws at 11:30 AM on June 5, 2022 [3 favorites]

My two oldest, dearest friends despise texting, so most of what I do is with people I met through fandom and have become pals with, but still tend to talk heavily about our fannish interests with. Which means there seems to be a lot of ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜’ and especially ๐Ÿ˜ฌ, which to me has always meant Yikes. The one I use most with people that's fairly generic is any style of ๐Ÿ’œ or ๐Ÿ’•

I see they now finally have a flip-flop emoji ๐Ÿฉด, but they didn't have one a while ago when I was getting excited about a trip with a friend and talking about how anxious I was to wear sandals in February and feel the sand between my toes when we hit the beach. The only sandal emoji was a high heel one ๐Ÿ‘ก, which was ridiculous. Of course, now I don't need one, since I'll probably never get to go anywhere ever again, thanks, ๐Ÿฆ 

I find that for most of the stuff I would like some for, nothing exists. So I probably use them a lot less than most people. I really enjoy some of the unique user-made ones that I've seen in various Slack or Discord communities I've been in, but those are always limited to the communities and it's such a bummer, especially when you, like, want to talk about Captain America tentacle porn with a cute emoji outside the Discord.
posted by kitten kaboodle at 12:13 PM on June 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

My daughter uses ๐Ÿ˜ญoccasionally, and it never fails to make my heart stop. I'm always certain the next text is going to be on the order of fired from job, crashed car, got evicted, someone's dying, etc. And then it usually turns out to be something like "I dropped half a pack of cigarettes in a puddle and I don't get paid until tomorrow" or some shit.

I am too old and far too anxious for anyone to be leading off with ๐Ÿ˜ญ
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 12:27 PM on June 5, 2022 [7 favorites]

When emoji were new, right here on MetaFilter I saw someone brutally dismiss another commenter with โœŠ๐Ÿปโ†”๏ธ.
posted by wenestvedt at 1:51 PM on June 5, 2022 [3 favorites]

My daughter uses ๐Ÿ˜ญoccasionally, and it never fails to make my heart stop.
I'm still trying to adapt to a world where every emotional expression seems to be turned up to 11. (It's not just the youths.) I usually respond to a casual group slack or text message with "indeed" or "thanks" and everyone else responds with multiple emojis and all-caps and eight exclamation points. I've really got nothing against that, but if you use it all up when talking about a slick bus transfer or left-over cookies in the kitchen, there's nowhere left to go when something *actually* exciting happens. Leave a little runway for the important things. (Perhaps there's a reason all my close friends are bitter, sarcastic, cynical people.)
posted by eotvos at 4:31 PM on June 5, 2022 [3 favorites]

> ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

This always reads as just "tsu!" to me. My brain actually has to make an effort to read this (or any of them with Japanese characters) as a face.

I wonder if there's a similar thing for readers of other languages used in these...
posted by Sockin'inthefreeworld at 4:50 PM on June 5, 2022

But then I just remembered I have no trouble seeing ใธใฎใธใฎใ‚‚ใธใ˜ as a face...
posted by Sockin'inthefreeworld at 4:54 PM on June 5, 2022 [2 favorites]

Once I was trying to text my husband a ๐Ÿ˜˜ but I accidentally texted a ๐Ÿค, which understandably baffled him, but he gamely texted a ๐Ÿค back at me. Now it's an in-joke that we inflict on each other frequently enough that the damn shrimp is in both of our "frequently used" selections. Call it the Non-Sequitur Shrimp.
posted by merriment at 5:29 PM on June 5, 2022 [6 favorites]


And I use ๐Ÿ™ƒ when people ask where I am from, as most people get it's Australia

Also, words are hard in the morning so my teams chat greetings tend to just be โ˜•
posted by Marticus at 6:29 PM on June 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

Gasp - How dare you!!
but it had horses and friendly Canadian astronauts. The stuff of dreams, like SGC and Heartland.
posted by clavdivs at 6:43 PM on June 5, 2022

The older I get, the more I have trouble even seeing emoji, especially the tiny little human figures, or even the head-and-shoulders ones like :facepalm:.

Having cut my teeth before the internet even had pictures, I learnt to use a combination of ascii faces like :-/ and action/emotions like *shrug* which are honestly more meaningful to me (not to mention readable) than most of the ambiguous emoji. Especially with the differences between systems - that rictus Apple grin is a perfect example, as an Android user I never realised when I use that with my iphone friends they are getting a completely different meaning from the one I intend.

I mostly tend to use different coloured hearts, flowers, birthday cake and celebration type emoji to add a little extra flavour to texts. I have one friend with whom I exchange random emoji at the end of our texts - they often bear no relation or meaning (at least I don't think they do) but for me are more like "what is this random emoji, here I will use it at you".
posted by Athanassiel at 7:04 PM on June 5, 2022 [2 favorites]

Oh, also the ascii faces mean different things from their emoji versions. I mean, :-P is clearly sticking your tongue out to show you are amused/being amusing, kind of like a cat blep. But ๐Ÿ˜› looks like you are licking something or panting like a dog, while ๐Ÿ˜œ and ๐Ÿคช are just too OTT.

Meanwhile ๐Ÿค— just creeps me out, it's like someone coming to tickle you. *shudder*
posted by Athanassiel at 7:12 PM on June 5, 2022 [2 favorites]

My phone has a page under the punctuation marks with some other stuff, like
โ™กโ—‡โ˜†ยฐ ยฐโ—‹โ™คโ–กโ™งโ—‡ยฟ I pretty much use these.
posted by Oyรฉah at 7:20 PM on June 5, 2022

I try not to use any of the blushing ones at work, because they all look flirty to me. Mostly it's occasional thumbs up, smiley face, :/, or happy birthday stuff.

I have one emoji-loving friend but she is very much also a gif-sender so I respond with a lot of "ha" and "lol" and hearts. Or gifs.

Most emojis I will never use, but they're cute and I'm ok with other people using them.
posted by emjaybee at 10:50 PM on June 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

โ€” I am too old and far too anxious for anyone to be leading off with ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Similarly my 13 year old niece uses ๐Ÿ’€ to mean hilarious, as in, that's so funny it's killing me.

I thought about adopting it, but ended up getting triggered :)
posted by einekleine at 11:57 PM on June 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

Why is there no "finger guns" emoji? Or have I merely overlooked it?

(I imagine it would also need "one cockily raised eyebrow," too.)
posted by wenestvedt at 6:03 AM on June 6, 2022

:finger_guns: and :reverse_finger_guns: were actually the first Slack emoji that my team added. Unicode consortium, take heed! There's a desperate need here.
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 7:20 AM on June 6, 2022

and action/emotions like *shrug* which are honestly more meaningful to me
I have historically expressed laughter with "heh," but I gather the meaning is not obvious to everyone. "Jajaja" works in some contexts. A friend has introduced me to "baha" and "bahuah," which I think I'm going to adopt. It's hard to get that wrong.
posted by eotvos at 7:52 AM on June 6, 2022

My kids kept telling me that grown men do not use emojis so I stopped using :-).
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:08 AM on June 6, 2022

I'm extremely disappointed by the lack of a donkey emoji, mostly for combining with ๐Ÿ’ฃ, ๐Ÿ’‹, and ๐Ÿฆต. Oh, and ๐ŸŽฉ and ๐Ÿคก.
posted by Dysk at 10:00 AM on June 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

We use the peach for that ๐Ÿ‘ :D
posted by taz (staff) at 10:02 AM on June 6, 2022

my fave is ๐Ÿฒ "pot of food." "What would you like for supper tonight, darling?" "Why thank you for asking, my love. You know, a pot of food would really hit the spot!"
posted by taz (staff) at 10:08 AM on June 6, 2022

We use the peach for that ๐Ÿ‘ :D

I feel that refers too much to the body part, and not enough the generic linguistic function ass also has. It also risks reading like arse over here, and bomb-arse doesn't really work.
posted by Dysk at 10:14 AM on June 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

My kids kept telling me that grown men do not use emojis so I stopped using

Now see, that would just goad me into using them more!
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:18 AM on June 6, 2022

Our Slack emojis include a Picard facepalm and a dumpster fire, which get regular and heavy use. But I think my most commonly used one is the dancing Left Shark*. It can be a lot of things but I typically use it in situations where I'm trying to convey that we're all just doing the best we can and throwing our whole selves into it. I don't know if anyone else actually sees it that way?? But if not, that seems like a Them problem.

*Yep, that's me, with the incredibly timely references.
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 11:42 AM on June 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

The other odd duck emoji in my frequently used selection is ๐Ÿฆ‰. I have a habit of responding affirmatively in texts with "Whoot!" Unfortunately, my autocorrect hates this word and almost always corrects it to "Who!" just before I press send. So I tend to follow it up (once again mostly to my long suffering, shrimp emoji receiving husband) with ๐Ÿฆ‰.
posted by merriment at 12:51 PM on June 6, 2022

I don't believe I have ever used an emoji except to investigate how they worked on different devices.

This is why, when Dagon sweeps the world with the Blood Tide, I shall be seated among the Righteous, while all of you wail for mercy, finding none. Ye shall be food for the divine reptiles while I take my place beneath the waves in the Palace of Eternity.
posted by aramaic at 1:55 PM on June 6, 2022 [2 favorites]

Just as well; I get ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿคฎ easily.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:43 PM on June 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

I say goodnight to a few people I know with the ๐Ÿ˜ด one. Or the ๐Ÿ’ค. Or both.
There's other stuff, too, but I have a younger sister who uses text emotes in a way that occasionally baffles me.
Like, c: for a very wide smile, which even though I know what she means by it, that c reads more like a nose to me.
So with no mouth visible, it's a "Kilroy was here."
posted by Mister Moofoo at 4:51 PM on June 7, 2022 [1 favorite]

This is the first time I've had ๐Ÿ— pointed out to me, and based on my fifth-grade history it clearly means "accident".
As in,

"Would be a shame if the heir apparent were to meet with an unfortunate ๐Ÿ—"
posted by tigrrrlily at 8:37 AM on June 19, 2022 [1 favorite]

Today I received "๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ" in a text message. I clearly need to up my emoji game, 'cause I am befuddled by the detailed meaning. Especially the second icon and the repetition. It seems pretty likely to be friendly.
posted by eotvos at 9:15 PM on June 28, 2022

What's so hard about "popper shrug pop pop love"?
posted by taz (staff) at 11:18 AM on June 30, 2022

Well, when you put it like that, Taz, fair enough. Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜น (I didn't actually recognize the shrug as a shrug. I thought the cartoon was weighing things, which seemed surprising in context but also possibly meaningful.)

I wonder how much effort it would be to add a plate of beans to the ISO list.
posted by eotvos at 11:48 AM on June 30, 2022

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