Written to the song: Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said” – Peter Drucker

Tel Aviv, Israel.

Alright, I am lost in translation 😕. Recently I’ve been receiving emojis which ⬇️➡️ (down right) confuse me. Specifically, the 😘 emoji titled “face throwing a kiss”. Emojipedia.org describes this icon as “a face with one eye open and the other eye winking with a heart leaving its mouth”. What does this emoji mean?

Does anyone remember life before emojis? Probably not because the first emoji was actually created in 🇯🇵 (Japan) in 1998. I remember using emoticons in MSN messenger and skype, but now emojis have a language of their own.

View from Migdal Shalom “Tower of Peace” in Tel Aviv.

While completing a short and casual census with a few individuals that regularly send this 😘 emoji, this icon may have a double meaning, different than the 😗 (kissy face) and the 😙 (smiling kissy face) emoji. An anonymous serial emoji user revealed that “there are two meanings of this emoji depending on the relationship of the individuals in conversation. If the people are just friends this emoji can be a way to express gratitude or is an easy way of saying ‘you’re the best’. Though, when flirting this emoji can signify a real kiss”.

Oooh, a real kiss. “Our 1️⃣️ 💋 was ✔️ I really felt the 🎇” (translation: our first kiss was amazing, I really felt the sparks).

In my morphosyntax class we discussed the idea that every year the Linguistics Society picks a “word of the year”. This year, they picked an emoji of the year: 😂 (face with tears of joy). The perfect emoji to describe the university experience (am I crying? Laughing? Paper was due yesterday? Where am I? Have I had coffee yet?)

Florentin Cafe

So what does 😘 mean? Is it different from 😘😘 and 😘😘😘? Similar to humor, not everyone may understand one’s intention. From all of my research I can tell you that it means “you rock don’t ever change”, “hope you don’t take my criticism the wrong way”, “gracias”, “delivering kisses your way” and “je t’aime”. Who says 💗 (romance? Heart burn?) isn’t alive.

Author of “Q & A a Day for Travelers”. https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-frenkel/

Author of “Q & A a Day for Travelers”. https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-frenkel/