Where does come from?
Approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010, the ox emoji shows a light brown or tan ox with curved horns and a long tail—except for Facebook, which has a gray beast of burden.
An ox is a castrated bull used for farm work, but the ox emoji is applied to bovines more generally, including as a stand for the zodiac sign of the Taurus (bull) in Western astrology and in the Chinese Zodiac (Year of the Ox). The ox emoji spiked in 2016 thanks to boy-band One Direction's Niall Horan, who was dating a Taurus.
If the eggplant and peach emoji have taught us anything, it's that people are pretty clever at adapting emoji for their own purposes. And so, because the ox emoji looks like a bull, people pair it with the pile of poo emoji to create the word bullshit. Clever.
Ever been told you can't drink if you want to lose fat?🍺🍷
— LDNM (@LDN_Muscle) July 30, 2016
Who uses ?
The ox emoji sees wide use on social media to express that someone is a Taurus, born roughly between April 20th to about May 21st on the Western calendar, or alongside Taurus-based horoscopes.
In this way, the emoji is frequently paired with the actual Taurus emoji.
IT’S TAURUS SEASON .. S/O TO ALL MY TAURUS BABIES... I LOVE Y’ALL SM ..😭❤️🐂♉️
— bean 🧡 (@_DimplesNCurls) May 1, 2018
People of Chinese descent or interested in Chinese culture use the ox emoji to signify they were born in a Year of the Ox. Expect to see a lot of use for the emoji in the next one, 2021, around Chinese New Year.
— Peter (@peterblanco) January 28, 2017
Sports teams whose mascots are the Bulls or Longhorns love this emoji on social media, using it with mascot-related slogans like #HookEm or the steer-imitating gesture, 🤘, sign of the horns emoji.
— G O L D 🌟 (@danielbiglow) July 30, 2016
As a so-called beast of burden, people sometimes add the ox emoji when describing someone as a beast or just an "excellent person," especially in sports or music.
He's a beast 🐂 https://t.co/OiwMscnz2I
— VAWSE (@VAWSE) May 2, 2017
And, then there's its use to signify pure bullshit:
Yall a bunch of bull shitters 🐂💩
— BlanchySenpai 🦍♿️ (@BrazyBlanchh) June 21, 2015
Last but not least, people do use the ox emoji when literally referring to the animal, whether on the farm or at the rodeo. Yeehaw.
Thank God it's Taurus season is here!!! My bday is in 3 weeks!!! 🙌🙌 #taurus🐂 #may11th
@justbetimmy88, Instagram, April, 2018
Score Update || 🐂 0, 🌀 2 / Singles 1. 🌀 6-2 | 4-1 2. 🌀 6-4 | 3-2 3. 🌀 4. 🐂 1-0 5-6. / #GoBulls 🤘🏼
@USFWTEN, May, 2017
#MichelleWolff NAILED "the spirit" of the @realDonaldTrump Crime Family & Mob Organization LIES & 🐂 💩 to a Tee! 😉 / She called out their #LIES #Racism #WhiteSupremacy #Islamophobia #Misogyny for what it IS! / Further, she called out the Media for not standing against this 🐂 💩
@WB_Devitt_III, April, 2018