Where does come from?
The bomb emoji was approved under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. Across platforms, it displays as a cartoon-styled, black sphere with a lit fuse, as if ready to go off.
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After Apple changed its pistol emoji, 🔫, to a water gun in 2016, with other major vendors following suit, a meme arose of the bomb emoji joking that it was being replaced with a water balloon.
Who uses ?
The bomb emoji can be used like the slang saying it’s the bomb, or “excellent” or “impressive.” That music festival your friend invited you to? It’s going to be 💣. Feeling like you look like a million bucks? You’re looking 💣.
Just another day
— Drazen TChissuri (@4TWNTYYY) August 1, 2018
Finally got some exciting or affirming news? Boom!, you might say … or use the bomb emoji. Scandalous or major news is also described as a bombshell, lending itself well to the bomb emoji.
👏🏼 big shoutout to these guys for making everything happen. major moves being made 👌🏼🙏🏼💅🏻💣💥 pic.twitter.com/prFSRRA2EG
— Pala (@Pala) August 11, 2018
💣 Rachel has a Bombshell Exclusive.Tonight an AUDIO Recording taken last Monday night at a Private Fundrasing Event for Kathry McMorris Rogers of Washington State. Rachel will post the audio. It's a bombshell. Devin Nunes was the guest speaker!💣
— Alex (@aroseblush) August 9, 2018
Explosive plays or wins in sports may also take to the bomb emoji, as may actual bomb squads.
— AM 570 LA Sports (@AM570LASports) July 27, 2018
Genuinely trying to become a better person. Plz nobody tempt me during this trying time 💣🔪🔫
— katelyn. (@Schmatelyn4) July 16, 2018