Where does come from?
The astonished face emoji made its debut on Unicode 6.0 in 2010. In the years that this emoji has existed on the emoji keyboard, it’s gone through some considerable changes.
Apple’s original astonished face emoji had X-shaped eyes, making it easily mistaken for the dizzy face emoji, 😵, until it gave it more oval-shaped eyes and added some teeth to its slack jaw. No one is quite sure what emotions Google and Samsung were going for in their early versions. Google’s looked drunk and Samsung’s seemed to have delirious rage. All the major platforms have brought their design for astonished face emoji in line with Apple’s wide eyes, raised brows, and mouth agape now though, as shown in the screenshot from Emojipedia below.
Who uses ?
The astonished face emoji is most often used to convey mild shock or to allude to a gossipy scandal or big revelation of some kind.
— Channel 5 (@channel5_tv) June 23, 2018
The shock isn’t always exactly mild, though.
My family bought 2 fish, didn’t realise they were male and female, suddenly had 3 baby fish and now there’s only 1 left so we assume the other 2 were eaten, and if that doesn’t sum my dysfunctional family up I don’t know what does🤔😲
— Jessie (@jessiegalman) February 27, 2018
Especially in sporting situations, the astonished face emoji can also stand in for awe. If you’re not sure how that ambitious play got pulled off, you might slip a surprised but impressed astonished face emoji into your post.
— T2APAC (@t2apac) February 27, 2018
This use of the astonished face emoji as an impressed or awed face is prominent outside the sports arena, too, like in music or art.
— Taylor Boren (@Ms_Boren_Art) November 27, 2017