Navigating the World of Emoji Slang: A Guide for Parents

As a parent, you may be wondering what all of the emojis are from the messages your kids are sending. You’re not alone! Emoji slang is becoming more and more popular, and it can be hard to keep up with what it all means. 

Now that we’re in the new era of digital communication, emojis have become a way for people to express themselves without using words. Emojis can be used to show how you’re feeling, represent things that you like, or be used as shorthand for common phrases. And as parents, we want to be able to understand what our kids are sayingโ€”even if it is in emoji form!

Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular emoji slang terms that you may come across:

๐Ÿ† โ€” This emoji is often used to represent a phallus, or in other words, a penis. It can be used in a sexual context or simply as a playful way to refer to someone’s private parts.

๐Ÿ’ฆ โ€” This emoji is usually used to indicate that someone is horny, or โ€œturned onโ€. But in a more straightforward message, it means ejaculation.

๐Ÿฅด โ€”  This emoji is used to express drunkness or grimace. You might see this one used after a night out, or when someone is sexually aroused.

๐Ÿ‘ โ€”  This peach emoji is often used to represent a butt, or as a flirty way to say “you’re looking good.” 

๐Ÿš› โ€”  It is a ‘dump truck’ emoji that refers to a large and/or shapely bottom. In short, it means ‘big booty.’

๐ŸŒฎ โ€”  This emoji refers to a female’s genitalia, ‘the vagina’.

๐Ÿ’€ โ€”  “Dead” or “Lit”, this emoji is often used to describe something that is really good, cool, or fun. For example, if your kid sends you a message saying “That party was ๐Ÿ’€,” they’re probably trying to say that it was really great.

๐Ÿคก โ€”  This emoji is often used to describe someone who is acting foolish or making silly mistakes and feeling like a fraud. You may see this Emoji followed by the words “gone” or “lost it” to emphasize how crazy someone is acting.

๐Ÿ‘ป โ€”  It is often used to simply indicate or express being ‘ghosted’ which literally means being dumped without explanation by someone you were dating or have had plans with.

๐Ÿงข โ€”  When using this emoji, it means lying or a lie. Oftentimes, it’s used in a negative way to call someone out for not telling the truth.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘ˆ โ€”  When someone is feeling shy or nervous, these two emojis are used together to show that they’re not quite sure what to do.

๐Ÿง  โ€”  It is often used to indicate that someone is thinking about oral sex.

๐Ÿ‘… โ€” Emoji users often use this to represent the word โ€œlickโ€, but it indicates sexual activity like oral sex.

โณ โ€”  This hourglass emoji is used to describe a body shape that has the right curve that is alluring or pleasing to look at.

๐Ÿ˜ˆ โ€”  This emoji is often used to represent someone who is up to something, particularly feeling frisky or naughty.

๐Ÿ‘๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘„ ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ โ€”  It simply means “it is what it is” which is used when you’re discussing something and you feel helpless about the situation.

๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธโœจโ€” This Emoji combination represents to denote a sarcastic or petty tone.

๐Ÿƒ โ€”  “I’m high,” this emoji represents marijuana or weed and can commonly be seen used on social media platforms like TikTok.

๐Ÿคค โ€”  This emoji is called “drooling face” and it is often used to show that someone is really enjoying something or desiring someone sexually. For instance, it is used when commenting or replying to a sexual topic or object.

๐Ÿ’ โ€”  This emoji is often used to represent something that is good or something that tastes good. But in a sexual manner. For example, it can represent the breasts, testicles, and/or virginity of someone.

๐Ÿ โ€” This is slang for nudes. A pasta has noodles, right? The word โ€˜noodlesโ€™ when shortened is โ€˜noodsโ€™ which is the same sound as the word โ€˜nudes.โ€™

๐ŸŒฝ โ€” A corn emoji is the slang for โ€˜pornโ€™ which obviously sounds like โ€˜corn.โ€™

๐Ÿ‘€ โ€”  This Emoji is often used to indicate that something is worth paying attention to or that it’s interesting. For example, it can be used as a reply to something scandalous or when sending or receiving nudes.

๐Ÿ’ฏ โ€”  It is commonly used as a guarantee of approval with something or someone. For example, if you post a picture and someone comments with this emoji, it means they approve!

๐Ÿ”จ โ€” This emoji is used to refer to sexual activity.

๐ŸŒถ๏ธ โ€”  This Emoji is used to describe something that is interesting or exciting about something inappropriate or risque content. It can also be used to describe someone who is flirting with you in a playful way.

๐Ÿ”ฅ โ€” It is commonly used when describing someone or something hot. For example on posts or messages of sexy images.

๐Ÿ‘Œโ€” Aside from okay or approval, this emoji may be used with another meaning that refers to sexual activity.

Emojis Can Be Playful

While emojis can be foreign to many parents or elderly people, to kids they are a way of life. Emoji is a type of emotional shorthand that can be used in place of words to communicate how someone is feeling.

On the other hand, because emojis are generally used by the younger generations, they may evolve and have a newer or different meaning to them than it does to you. Emojis can also be used in a more playful and/or flirty way.

That being said, it is best to know the meaning behind the emojis before you start using them yourself.  Emojis are a great way to add personality to your text messagesโ€”but only if you know what they mean!