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๐Ÿค“- nerd face emoji

or nerd face emoji

[nurd feys ih-moh-jee]

What doesย ๐Ÿค“ย mean?

Nerd alert! The nerd face emoji caricatures a nerd with thick black glasses and buck teeth. It's used to signify learning, reading, being smart, acting dorky, or "geeking out" to your guilty pleasures. The emoji usually has a positive tone, though. Because nerds are cool. Plus, we're all secretly weird.

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Where does ๐Ÿค“- nerd face emoji come from?

The nerd face emoji was approved in 2015 under Unicode 8.0 alongside other popular smileys, including the thinking faceย ๐Ÿค” andย face with rolling eyesย ๐Ÿ™„ emoji.

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 theย 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 ๐Ÿค“- nerd face emoji ?

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.

The nerdย emojiย can also used be for things that are more stereotypically associated with "nerds," like computer games, D&D, toys, and comic books.

People who wear glasses may drop the nerd face emoji in an embrace of their eyewear.

For as much as we mock nerds, they are often the smartest people in the roomโ€”and can be quick to make a correction, as if pedantically pushing up their glasses on their noses.ย 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.

Speaking of learning, the nerd face emoji marks various content dealing with reading, school, and knowledge.

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.

For example

Nerds are my favorite ๐Ÿค“

@DCFloridaChick, June, 2018

Be a problem solver not a problem starter ๐Ÿค“

@CiriloEncinas_, December, 2016

Zadie Smith has quickly become one of my favorite #authors. If you havenโ€™t read her, you should ๐Ÿค“#amreading

@LoneWolfCircles, December, 2017

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