Help! I Have No Idea What Emojis Mean
From the shy monkey to the face with no mouth
Ahh, youths. With all their fleeks and Snapchats and Ariana Grandes, it’s hard to keep up--and easy to feel ancient. Luckily, you can get on their level, text-wise, with PureWow’s handy guide to some of the more ambiguous emoji.
Meaning: Really sad, or really, really happy.
As in: “Nancy from accounting spoiled last night’s Game of Thrones. [Sobbing]” or “Summer Friday! Summer Friday! [Sobbing]”
Meaning: Something is very cool. Can also mean, “Keep it 100” or “Keep it real."
As in: “Free cold brew in the office today. ”
Meaning: Hot or smokin’, in the not-literal sense. Somebody looks good.
As in: “You in that new dress = [Fire]”
Emoji: Information desk girl
Meaning: Being unabashedly sassy.
As in: “My boss is still working, but happy hour is calling. [Information desk girl]”
Emoji: Face with no mouth
Meaning: Deep, dark secrets.
As in: “Did he say anything about you? Ummmmm…. [Face with no mouth]”
Meaning: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. This versatile trio can be used to symbolize anything from embarrassment to mild disdain.
As in: “She texted her ex last night…at 3am. [See-no-evil monkey]”
Emoji: Praise hands
Meaning: This emoji signifies excitement or praise. (You know, like Jay Z),
As in: “Yaaaas, Caitlyn Jenner, yaaaas. [Praise hands]”
Emoji: Women with bunny ears
Meaning: Just two gals having a hell of a time.
As in: “Husbands watch kids, we get drinks. [Women with bunny ears]”
Meaning: I feel old.
As in: “Last night’s husband- and kid-less drinks got me feelin’ like [Grandma].”