or broken heart emoji [broh-kuh n hahrt ih-moh-jee]
What does 💔 mean?
What becomes of the broken hearted? One thing's for sure: they use the broken heart emoji.
In texts and on social media, the emoji is used to express grief after a breakup, loss, or other setbacks. While often sincere, its tone can also be more playful, over-exaggerating a frustration or fawning over a crush.
Where does come from?
Who uses ?
Online, use of the broken heart emoji spikes around sad news, discussions of depression or heart disease, the release of popular media dealing with romantic breakups, and, of course, personal matters of love and loss.
Day 11: June 11,2017 the day we broke up. The first day started of my miserable life without you. The day I lost myself and looking for my worth. The day you left me and choose her. 🙂 1year past, it really hurts💔 happy independence tomorrow everyone. Still i really love you.
— Alyy🌹 (@BalanaAlyssa) June 11, 2018
When a beloved celebrity dies, social media is flooded with the broken heart emoji as users express their grief.
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) April 24, 2016
It’s not always that serious, though, as the broken heart emoji can be more hyperbolic, expressing a kind of ironic longing.
I just want Chick-fil-A 💔💔💔
— kennedy marie (@Kmbandy321) June 29, 2016
The emoji can also signify a heartbreaker, an attractive but unattainable or closed-off person.
— TaeTaeV36 (@TaeTaeV36) June 9, 2018
D A M N N N N N 🔥🔥🔥🔥💔 pic.twitter.com/HmkVA3wqw2
— bubé (@medina_menxhiqi) June 8, 2018
It’s not uncommon to see users actually replace the phrases heartbreak, heart breaks, or a broken heart with the broken heart emoji.
Debbie Reynolds died the day after Carrie Fisher. I absolutely think it’s 💔.
— Just1person (@ShariGoldfinge1) April 23, 2018
A parting tidbit for you: A 2016 emoji analysis revealed that the broken heart emoji appeared in French language posts four times more often than in other languages. C’est la vie.
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