Attention: We have new emojis! Assuming you have a smartphone, you're most likely familiar with emojis. Whether you use them sparingly or pepper every single text message and status update with a variety of them, you've undoubtedly come across these little expressions hundreds of times.
Most of the emojis have a pretty straightforward understanding. A smiley face communicates that you're happy. The grimace face indicates that you find something awkward or cringeworthy. The eggplant is just an eggplant, and definitely not anything else.
Plenty of people complain about emojis, saying that they're a sign that people are getting dumber. Personally, I think emojis are a fun example of how language is constantly evolving. And many linguists are taking them more seriously than you might think. In fact, in 2015, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji!
Plus, they're just dang cute.Most of them are, anyway. But there's a new emoji in town that is more confusing than adorable and it's driving the Internet nuts.
It's one of the smiley face emojis.I know. They're some of the most useful emojis of all! But don't worry, we're going to figure this out together.
As you may already know, Apple recently rolled out new emojis.
✨📱 iOS 12.1 📱✨ 🗓 Release date: October 30, 2018 📝 New Emojis: 158 https://t.co/bx8XjhiCiB https://t.co/dFe43ozV6w— Emojipedia (@Emojipedia)1540899353.0
They also added this guy:
New in iOS 12.1: 🥴 Face With Uneven Eyes and Wavy Mouth aka "Woozy Face" https://t.co/oRiyNHXSli https://t.co/5j8zcDDvau— Emojipedia (@Emojipedia)1540905247.0
People immediately began questioning what this emoji means.What's this guy's story? Why is he woozy? In what context are you supposed to use him?
Because it's the Internet, theories started rushing in.
@Emojipedia https://t.co/rA2Fxl4gOz— Mav (@Mav)1541117626.0
That's more like it.
@007dpz https://t.co/jicYrWJwl3— Julian (@Julian)1541046897.0
But we still have more theories to unpack.
@007dpz Anyone else see this? https://t.co/1vziE4Alja— Dianna Cowern (@Dianna Cowern)1541115868.0
Maybe it's for use in this particular situation:
@007dpz That walking through a dark room hit that pinky toe on the edge of the Door ass Face!! 😂😂😂 https://t.co/lcdeoqte8j— YourRoyalFlyness🛫 (@YourRoyalFlyness🛫)1541071928.0
The emoji reminded some people of this sensation:You have to admit, it does look like he's pretty happy about something.
Or maybe it's this:
@007dpz Trying to push out a fart— Carnie Wilson (@Carnie Wilson)1541136027.0
It could also be a baby who just tasted something sour (?):The eyebrows are there, and the mouth, too! I think this theory is plausible!
Or, simply:I mean, they already have a poo emoji. It was only a matter of time before they developed its opposite.
I like this wholesome theory:
@Emojipedia When you never heard of the final answer on Jeopardy https://t.co/wpIXbPFBDP— Gia ❤️🦋☃️ (@Gia ❤️🦋☃️)1541114353.0
Or maybe the emoji recently came back from the dentist:
@Emojipedia @carlie_zinder what my face was like after that dentist appointment— jesse (@jesse)1541278101.0
Is he about to sneeze?You could text your friends about how the Santa Ana winds got you like :woozy face emoji: They would understand and not be confused at all.
Ooh! I like this one too!
@007dpz it’s the emoji version of this https://t.co/XAL6KzYtly— Gigi (@Gigi)1541118280.0
Or maybe Apple is working on a brand deal:
@007dpz Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea...it’s the @Pepto emoji!— Sara Pearce (@Sara Pearce)1541115382.0
@007dpz when you're taking your school picture— mary (@mary)1541114879.0
Maybe he's a total creeper.
@007dpz This will be my creeper emoji. The creepy guy that hits on you or stares at you thinking he is flirting.— Gina (@Gina)1541119299.0
Maybe it's nerves?
@007dpz I’m sure this is “First Date Emoji”— victor zambrano (@victor zambrano)1541090496.0
You could also use the emoji in this nefarious way:
@007dpz Saying you’ll go in the group chat knowing you’re not gonna leave your house— Jay Ryan (@Jay Ryan)1541117180.0
Can't unsee this resemblance:
@007dpz https://t.co/PV0FQi0c6y— Gavin Guthrie//TX Connect (@Gavin Guthrie//TX Connect)1541190482.0
Or, if you're a bit of a lightweight.I mean, they're calling it "woozy face." Alcohol certainly does make people woozy.
This one's too real:
This How dudes faces look when they try being sexy by biting their lips for a profile picture https://t.co/Xjtb9fgtlr— Ramon G (@Ramon G)1541069263.0
Never mind. It's totally a burp.
When you burp and try and push your breath out the side of ya mouth https://t.co/h7bqPcJYpj— Coach Ethan Cooper (@Coach Ethan Cooper)1541031592.0
Did you think we were done with the bathroom humor?
@007dpz This is the face I make when I finally get to pee after holding it for a long time 🤷🏼♀️— Cass (@Cass)1541130315.0
Maybe he's trying to hold in something else!Yeah, laughter! That could be it. (It probably isn't. But it could be!)
I relate to this one on a personal level:Now that I think about it, that is exactly the face I make when I touch wet sink food. And I also feel woozy when it happens!
@007dpz When someone plays with your hair.— Kadarui (@Kadarui)1541246731.0