Emojis – What’s the Emoji for ‘What the f*** does this mean? If you Google emojis to try and find out what they are trying to say they give you helpful definitions such as ‘Grinning Face’, ‘Grinning Face with big eyes’, ‘Grinning face with smiling eyes’ and finally ’Beaming face with smiling eyes’ That is far too subtle for me. I can manage ‘happy face’ and possibly ‘sarcastic smile’ but I’m not sure I do more degrees of smiling. However, what I don’t want to do is send someone a wink by trying to be ‘cool’ and ‘down with the kids’ only to discover that it means ‘Do you fancy a shag?’ Particularly not if I send it to my accountant in that fleeting moment of smugness after I have filled in my tax return!
As for the rude ones! Apparently two fried eggs don’t mean ‘Let’s do lunch’ but I’d like to see you naked – again a minefield for the old and innocent. An aubergine doesn’t mean ’I was thinking of making Moussaka this evening’ – it is ‘emoji’ for a penis! Why? It’s been a while, but I don’t remember ever seeing one that looked like that! I feel I have to look all these things up as I don’t want to inadvertently say something completely inappropriate – I am having a very interesting time! I have just discovered that ‘raindrops’ are shorthand for masturbation. I may not have much imagination, but I can think of no circumstances in which I would find the word or symbol for masturbation useful in a text. But I suppose that is my age. In fact I think that if might be safer just to go emojiless for the time being unless we invent some new ones for ‘I think I need a Zimmer frame’, ‘I’ve lost my hearing aids’ or ‘I didn’t sleep a wink last night – did you?’ Maybe I could make my fortune by inventing a whole new glossary.