Emojis and what they REALLY mean to teens

Do you know your eggplant from your mailbox?

For most of us, emojis are a fun and harmless addition to our social feeds – a smiley face to cheer someone up; a birthday cake to help someone celebrate.

However, kids today are using emojis to chat in their own code, and the meanings will surprise you!

Here’s the low-down on the more common so you are no longer in the dark.
(Note: as we are kid-friendly, we’ve done it all in the most respectable language we could manage!)

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To us mamas, Cherries are where the milk comes from. To the teens, it’s more of the perky variety.

What Does the Cherry Emoji Mean



A bum. Yep, we can use that word in front of the kids!

What Does the Peach Emoji Mean


Ahem, it’s not a vegetable, it’s a male doodle.

What Does the Eggplant Emoji Mean

Circus Tent

A tricky one to describe in a kid-appropriate way, but it refers to a doodle coming out to play.

What Does the Circus Tent Emoji Mean


Dancing bunny girls

Though they might look like they are dressed up for ballet class, this is also used to refer to women of the night.

What Does the Dancing Bunny Girls Emoji Mean

Love hotel

Used to represent a different style of hotel where you can stay by the hour and meet dancing bunny girls.

What Does the Love Hotel Emoji Mean


Shifty eyes

Kids send this as a suggestion to send a selfie that your Gran would NOT approve of.

What Does the Sideways Eyes Emoji Mean

Dizzy emoji

Referring to something x-rated.

What Does the Dizzy Emoji Mean



Yep, you’ve got mail. But this emoji also refers to having a roll in the hay.

What Does the Mailbox Emoji Mean


Though a lot of adults use this for innocently jumping into the pool, to the teens it means a man finishing up a roll in the hay.

What Does the Splash Emoji Mean

Girl with hands on head

This apparently is called the ‘Yes’ emoji. Which suddenly makes the teen-speak version makes understandable – as it means a female finishing up a roll in the hay!

What Does the Girl on Head Emoji Mean


You are on fire… in the ‘roll in the hay’ sort of way.

What Does the Fire Emoji Mean

Silent face

If you see this on your kid’s device, don’t ignore it. It is used to threaten someone to keep quiet.

What Does the Silent Face Emoji Mean


Yep, it does have drug connotations, but teens are also using it to chat about getting a tattoo.

What Does the Syringe Emoji Mean


Nothing to do with the weather, this is used to indicate smoking, or taking a puff.

What Does the Wind Emoji Mean



Powdery like the snow but with totally different results, the snowflake emoji refers to the white powder that Scarface enjoyed.

What Does the Snowflake Emoji Mean

Mad face

Yep, it is often used for being mad. But kids are also using it to refer to MDMA.

What Does the Mad Face Emoji Mean


Maple leaf

Quite an easy one one, the maple leaf is used to refer to cannabis.

What Does the Maple Leaf Emoji Mean


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Another drug reference, it’s used in relation to those of high potency.

What Does the Rocket Emoji Mean

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By Claire Gilligan
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