or chipmunk emoji [chip-muhngk ih-moh-jee]
What does 🐿️ mean?
Chipmunks sleep 15 hours a day, are loners, and eat almost anything—making its emoji incarnation, 🐿️, perfect for the digital age.
The chipmunk emoji, though, is often used to represent another rodent, the squirrel, because the two look similar from a distance. It can also be used to signify small rodents in general, of course, but also the great outdoors, hunger, cuteness, or just being a lil bit nutty or squirrely.
jaeduck radiates sunshine and happiness to so many people, i love him with all of my heart #김재덕_생일축하해 💛🐿️
Where does come from?
The chipmunk emoji joined Unicode 7.0 in 2014. It typically features a profile of the critter with brown-red fur and side markings. Sometimes, it’s clutching an acorn.
Due to no fault of its own, the chipmunk emoji gets caught up in a lot of backlash regarding the non-existent squirrel emoji. Folks will criticize the fact that the chipmunk emoji looks like a squirrel, just with stripes. As a result, they will often substitute the chipmunk for a squirrel, purposely or accidentally. Some have had enough, though, and demand an eastern gray squirrel emoji. A Change.org petition was even started in 2017 pushing the Unicode Consortium to “Make America Gray Again.” As of 2018, it has since been closed.
The chipmunk emoji has also made an appearance in court in 2017. An Israeli landlord and prospective tenant were texting regarding the potential lease of an apartment unit. The prospective tenant texted a number of emoji including the ballerina, champagne bottle, peace sign, comet, dancing girls, and last, but not least the chipmunk emoji. The landlord took the emoji as a good faith agreement to rent the unit and took it off the market, but the tenant soon after bailed, costing him $2,200 in missing rent. The landlord took the tenant to court and won. The judge ruled that the emoji misled the landlord. 🐿️
Who uses ?
The chipmunk emoji is often used for actual squirrels …
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🐿 Such a cute little guy. 💕 Squirrel Spirit Message: Play, have fun, take nothing seriously! Climb as high as you can and never be afraid! Jump first – the net will appear. #squirrel #squirrel🐿 #🐿 #nature #natureheals #forest #naturelovers #hiking #getoutside #trees #animals #cuteanimals #spiritanimal #squirrelspiritanimal #spiritanimalmessages #messagesfromspirit #abundance #play #fun #charming #cute #itssofluffy #joy #adventure #climbing #trust #faith #heartchakra #healing #🐿💕
— Sublime Squirrel🐿🥜💗 (@SublimeSquirrel) August 3, 2018
… or squirrely behavior or all things nutty.
Sundays are for sleeping in & snuggling, no matter how "nutty" you are. 🐿️ pic.twitter.com/MsgeoXcIUo
— LiveMe (@streamLiveme) April 8, 2018
Check out Evie's blog post for an amazingly nutty recipe 🐿️ https://t.co/J2MeWHBnzj
— Pip&Nut (@pipandnut) April 19, 2018
The chipmunk emoji can be used for nature. Whether someone’s actually spotted a chipmunk, or just had a pleasant hike, users will show off how outdoorsy they are with this emoji.
Good morning. These two lovely fallow does were having a rest out in the open.
Hope you all have a #fun #Friday !!!
🦋🐾🐝🌿☀️🦡❤️🦊🦇🐛🐿️🌊@newforestdeer @NatureUK @TheDailyDeer @iNatureUK pic.twitter.com/f5HI40JSKi
— Forest Tracker (@Tracking_Signs) August 3, 2018
Chipmunks are known for storing food in their cheeks, hoarding food for winter, and spending most of their waking hours snacking. For that reason, people will often use the chipmunk emoji to allude to all things food related.
Watched a series on the class divide in the UK. Now I'm really hungry from the food talk and wanting to hoard food like when I had no money. 🐿️
— whee (@wheetoo) December 17, 2017
When you're hungry AF coz you missed lunch and dinner isn't for another few hours, you thank the universe for your secret stash of Japanese snacks from your boyfriend's parents 🍫🍟🐿️ pic.twitter.com/qGpR9ZIgAE
— Aristurtle (@earthmeetmyego) December 24, 2017
If you’ve ever seen a chipmunk, you know that they’re very cute. Those big eyes and chubby cheeks make for one of our all-time favorite rodents. They’re often featured in movies as princesses’ sidekicks, helpful talking woodland creatures, and even as a pop-star boy band, Alvin and the Chipmunks. If people are feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, sometimes they’ll post selfies along with the hashtag #🐿️.
— Roxanne 🌸 (@Roxxlyy) October 1, 2017
⚡️ “Someone's pointed out a huge flaw with Alvin and the Chipmunks 😱”https://t.co/yU4Pdbvsct
— Matt Stramer (@stramer99) November 11, 2017
K-pop fans especially take to the chipmunk emoji, for its cuteness, when describing their favorite boy bands like BTS. And, there are quite a lot of Chipmunk versions of their songs on YouTube.
i love his monolid but big eyes, with big dark cornea💕🐿️ and his eyes is so deep and warm pic.twitter.com/OWKtyKH6SJ
— everyday is ong day🎂 | carol (@OngILoveY0u) June 11, 2018
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