TECH: Emojis and what they REALLY mean to teens

21 February 2019

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!)

 

Cherries

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

 

cherry

 

Peach

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

 

peach

 

Eggplant

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

 

eggplant

 

Circus Tent

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

 

 tent

 

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.

 

bunny

 

 

Love hotel

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

 

hotel

 

 

Shifty eyes

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

 

eyes

 

 

Dizzy emoji

Referring to something x-rated.

 

dizzy

 

 

Mailbox

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

 

mailbox

 

 

Splash

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.

 

sweat

 

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!

 

yes

 

 

Fire

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

 

fire

 

 

Silent face

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

 

silent

 

Syringe

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

 

syringe2

 

 

Wind

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

 

wind

 

Snowflake

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

 

snowflake

 

 

Mad face

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

 

mad

 

Maple leaf

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

 

mapleleaf

 

Rocket

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

 

rocket

 

 

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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