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].”