or burrito emoji [buh-ree-toh ih-moh-jee]
What does 🌯 mean?
Mmmmmm. The burrito emoji depicts a rolled up tortilla, with different platforms showing ingredients like beans and cheese poking out. (You can even discern the cilantro in Apple's version, which looks darn delicious.) In many versions, it's wrapped in foil–"Mission" style, named for the Mission District of San Francisco–which, if you ask us, is hands-down the best way to eat a burrito.
As you might imagine, the burrito emoji is mostly used in posts about food. Mostly.
Where does come from?
Did you know the word “burrito” translates to “little donkey?” It may be because a burrito faintly resembles bed rolls that donkeys sometimes carry. Though the burrito first appeared in Mexico, by most accounts, sometime in the mid-1800s, the Mesoamerican peoples of Mexico used corn tortillas in 10,000 B.C. to wrap food.
In Mexico, the tortillas generally convey bean and meat, and little else, but in the U.S., you might find lettuce, diced tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, rice, cheese and a number of other items, just to ensure your post-burrito-eating experience makes you feel as full and uncomfortable as possible. In a good way.
The burrito emoji kept food good company when it was approved as part of Unicode 8.0 in 2015: it made its debut with the taco, hot dog, popcorn and cheese wedge.
The burrito was added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
Who uses ?
Who doesn’t love Mexican food? We needed the burrito emoji almost as much as we occasionally need the real-life, three-pound, perfectly mobile culinary delight.
Of course, the burrito emoji is used in posts related to all kinds of Mexican food and culture. In texting, it’s occasionally used as a sexual reference, giving the eggplant some time off as a stand-in for a penis. You didn’t know that, right? We didn’t think so.
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— Tortilla (@tortillauk) November 15, 2018
There's Mariachi coming to the house in 20 minutes because we're Mexican 🌯🇲🇽
— DannTheMan (@DannTheManTV) July 13, 2018
I look p good for someone who just swallowed a burrito whole 🌯 pic.twitter.com/EHdBCpa3V7
— Eka (@bongripbajwa666) November 16, 2018
— Stokey McNewington (@n16socialmedia) November 23, 2018
It can be used in posts about things that are definitely not burritos, but that are rolled up:
Is anything better than a pizza burrito? 🌯 pic.twitter.com/7JOvy5S1Kd
— FOOD INSIDER (@InsiderFood) November 22, 2018
The emoji can also stand-in for shawarma. What’s the difference, really? Both feature delicious food stuffed into a rolled bit of dough. Though the stuffed flatbread 🥙 emoji probably makes a better stand-in for shawarma.
The best schwarma in the Precinct 🌯 pic.twitter.com/ImRKJscqo0
— Valentina (@NeemaAkili) November 16, 2018
And the emoji appears regularly in posts about things that are both rolled up and cute… really cute.
issa lil kitten burrito 🌯
📹: youngestoldcatlady pic.twitter.com/EvMn3v3Ang
— Emergency Kittens (@EmrgencyKittens) November 11, 2018
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