[Random Tuesday] Does your emoji really mean what you meant to others?

Found the article below whilst browsing through the Straight Dope Message Board…

Different generations interpret certain emojis differently, while I would use the skull :skull: emoji to respond to something funny i.e. “I’m dead :skull:” → dying from laughter, the older generations may have a different opinion on its usage.

Another thing is that an emoji can carry different meanings. For example, we would use the :eggplant: emoji to represent an eggplant (or aubergine for you Brits) when we talk about cooking or gardening. But if the conversation is about dating, or even s*x, then said emoji suddenly takes on a more phallic connotation (I will never look at eggplants nor bananas the same away again) :face_with_peeking_eye:

Were there any instances of you using an emoji that was misinterpreted by someone else?

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The article itself is behind a paywall, so unless you have already had a subscription in The Globe and Mall, you can use the link below instead which worked about 90% for me (a few interactive elements i.e. charts did not work):


Which emoji do you use in response to something funny? (Be honest :eyes:)
  • :joy: Face with tears of joy
  • :rofl: Rolling on the floor laughing
  • :sob: Loudly crying face
  • :skull:
  • Other (comment below)
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