I’m a bit of a fan of emojis, but I get a little confused sometimes if I’m using the right one. So I’m guessing, if I am getting a little confused about what the emoji faces actually mean, then others do too. And who knew that there was a subliminal meaning behind some of the food items in the emoji ‘hall of fame?’ Maybe emojis need some explaining…

OK, we all know the safe emojis – smiley face, sad face, crying face, and the winking face. But some of the faces seem to look more evil than happy… like grinning face with smiley eyes that look like a gritted teeth smile 😁 http://emojipedia.org/grinning-face-with-smiling-eyes/ And how do you get ‘mutual best friends’ out of the smiley face with cool sunglasses? 😎 http://emojipedia.org/smiling-face-with-sunglasses/

The more I look into this, the more I feel I’m confused. How does a kissing face with a loveheart 😘 mean less than a kissing face without one 😚? Apparently, the kissing face with love heart is just blowing a kiss, whereas the kissing face with closed eyes is more intimate.

Now why is there a ‘face without mouth’ emoji 😶, but ‘pouting face’ which I would refer to as something like ‘not fair in a cheeky way’, is printed as 😡  in the emoji dictionary of comical faces? Looks like bursting with anger, rather than a bit of playful ‘not getting your way’ banter. Apparently, ‘face without mouth’ is a silent emoji and will keep all your secrets.

There are even twin faces that have completely different meanings… there’s the pensive face 😔 (what went wrong?) and the relieved face 😌  – eyes the same, but I can see that the eyebrows slightly different. When you’re in a hurry trying to get the message across, you can see how they could be easily confused and send the wrong message. Grimacing face 😬 and grinning face with smiley eyes 😁 can send the wrong meaning too if you’re in a rush.

The one thing I really don’t get in the emoji world is all the different cat faces. Why would they have cat faces without dog faces? Seems a little prejudiced towards cat lovers than dog lovers, to me.

Only after watching an episode of James Corden’s The Late Late Show, did I realise that the eggplant 🍆 is considered the phallic emoji the peach 🍑 is considered the butt/bottom emoji, and anything from the tulip 🌷, to a pussy cat 🐱, the taco 🌮 or the praying hands 🙏 can be unofficially deciphered as a ‘vagina.’

So, there you have it… a crash course on emojis that you had no idea about, because they are so Gen Y, and we are so Gen X!