Where does come from?
The emoji is fairly uniform across platforms, with its oversized glasses and protruding teeth, a stereotypical nerd look popularized in part by cultural items like the Revenge of the Nerds films. Google opts for an overbite rather than buck teeth. The shape of the glasses vary from platform to platform, with Microsoft featuring white tape (another nerd trope).
Who uses ?
The nerd face emoji is often used on social media to describe a fanboy or fangirl's "nerdy" love for a performer, franchise, television show, movie character, or whatever else they are obsessed with.
About last night! A little @PitchPerfect fun with some of the wonderful cast 🤓 Pardon us while we fanboy a little. 🎤🎶🔥🎬@hanamaelee @chrissiefit & @EsterDean answered questions and had a lot of fun here. Welcome to Miami! #PitchPerfect3 opens 12.22.17 pic.twitter.com/QNPDNFOxDp
— Ozzy Rosenberg (@FilmFoodieOzzy) December 6, 2017
I spend way too much time backstage absolutely punishing the TDWP dudes with my expansive fanboy knowledge of their early discography 🤓
— Garrett Russell (@SilentGarrett) October 25, 2017
The nerd emoji can also used be for things that are more stereotypically associated with "nerds," like computer games, D&D, toys, and comic books.
— Gremlin Guy (@Tj_Gremlin_Guy) December 29, 2016
Gunna spend the whole of nye watching Harry Potter from start to finish and have absolutely no regrets about it 🤓❤
— SARA LOU TURNBULL (@T22SRA) December 29, 2016
People who wear glasses may drop the nerd face emoji in an embrace of their eyewear.
Because it's been a while since I've shown my face 🤓 pic.twitter.com/wpEdlpzPNp
— strawberry shortcake 🇵🇹 (@sshahidi12) December 29, 2016
For as much as we mock nerds, they are often the smartest people in the room—and can be quick to make a correction, as if pedantically pushing up their glasses on their noses. So, too, the nerd emoji sees use when someone is being a smart aleck, making a groan-worthy joke, or just taking an earnest interest in their own learning.
My dad is in Seattle at work and just turned on the pool fountains at our house in Phoenix. Technology is so cool 🤓
— brittney greenback (@bgreenback) December 29, 2016
In boring lectures , I always improve my drawing skills 🤓
— MALIK HAMZA ZIAD (@mrhamza94) December 29, 2016
Speaking of learning, the nerd face emoji marks various content dealing with reading, school, and knowledge.
my new years resolution is to read more 🤓📚
— Wally (@WallyGulumian) December 29, 2016
Your girl got straight As this semester with a 3.9 GPA 🤓
— meeks (@micasierra_) December 29, 2016
Sometimes we say people are "acting dorky" or "geeking out" when they are being overly cute or goofy. The nerd face emoji is ready for that, too.
Our faces whenever someone unfollows me right after posting a pic of Gage and I. 🤓💋🍑 pic.twitter.com/A8lQN27RnM
— Jamie Lee ღ (@jgundie_) December 29, 2016
Silliness makes your soul smile 😜😎🤓😬 pic.twitter.com/gNiWPgSsSW
— GypsyHeart🥀 (@GypsyHeart__) December 29, 2016
Nerds are my favorite 🤓
@DCFloridaChick, June, 2018
Be a problem solver not a problem starter 🤓
@CiriloEncinas_, December, 2016
Zadie Smith has quickly become one of my favorite #authors. If you haven’t read her, you should 🤓#amreading
@LoneWolfCircles, December, 2017