Here at Crocstar, we’re partial to an emoji or two (or three). Earlier this year Christine went to a talk at SXSW called ‘The Linguistic Secrets Found in Billions of Emoji’, she wrote all about the secrets in her blog post.
If emojis have become a type of language support, are they capable of forming a certain tone too?
We asked, and you replied, with scathing emojis. Here’s a few of our favourites:
“Just stepped in a huge puddle.”
Pretty self explanatory: the thumbs-up, indicating approval. But, this seemingly positive signal has turned into a mocking symbol, used for surly sarcasm. Instead of congratulating your friends with a thumbs-up when they’ve achieved something good, now it’s often used as the complete opposite.
“Did you finish your essay?”
“No, I fell asleep watching Stranger Things. Worth it.”
The grimacing face (not to be confused with this similar emoji) is often used when something has gone wrong, like when you send an email and notice you’ve made a spelling mistake. The eye roll proved a regular with the sarcastic souls that answered our question. It’s also particularly useful for showing a complete disinterest.
If you’re super sassy like Lynne, you’re not afraid to say how you feel. Bypassing eye rolls and grimaces, she goes for the full on middle finger extended. Woah.
The thinking face. Often used to show that you’re deep in thought. Yet this thinker has become a way to throw serious shade.
Now, it seems that this emoji is used to show someone that you’re thinking about whether you are interested in what they’re saying, or even if you believe them or not. Garry sums it up pretty well, with a seemingly anecdotal tale:
If you’re bored of using the same old smileys, some like to refer to people instead. The lady below is calledinformation desk person.
If you haven’t heard of this title before, you’re not alone. In fact the emoji girl seems to confuse us all. She’s also known as ‘hair flick girl’ and ‘sassy emoji’.
If you work in a hotel, or a restaurant (some feel she looks like she’s holding a tray of drinks) you might use information desk person often, if not, she’s great for being sassy and sarcastic. It’s all in the wrist.