Where does come from?
2016 was a big year for the drooling face emoji. That year, the emoji was approved under Unicode 9.0.
Across platforms, saliva is pouring out of the emoji’s mouth as the rest of the face looks relaxed with contentment or gobsmacked with lusty longing. This represents the metaphor of drooling over something, like Homer Simpson hungering for a donut.
The drooling face emoji is not be confused with the face savoring food emoji 😋, which shows a smiley slurping in satisfaction, though both it and the drooling face emoji do get used for yummy eats and tasty treats.
Who uses ?
The most common use of the drooling face emoji by far is flirtatious. The emoji can be found most often in response to someone sexy, either in the caption of a photo or in the retelling of a hot story.
She’s so fine man 😭😭😍🤤. https://t.co/Yzuqk6jMO1
— Absolute gold. (@Alanah_Rosalez) April 29, 2018
my coworker (who’s so mf fine 🤤) just complimented me on my hair and earrings
not to be dramatic…but i think i’m in luv
— ariana (@arianadrx) April 29, 2018
I'll watch him watch paint dry. 🤤😍 https://t.co/7x8HHTKhGP
— Beyoncé's Coven (@iDavey) January 29, 2018
It’s not all about looks, either. You can drool over another person’s personality or the way they treat you with the drooling face emoji.
Baby keeps me fed not fed up 🤤 pic.twitter.com/dt6zknOBxc
— £lizabethh. (@lizuhhhbeth) April 29, 2018
People drool in other situations, too, like when presented with a delicious meal or a beautiful clothing item. The drooling face emoji makes frequent appearances in captions of scrumptious food photos and other desirable items.
— 🌻Jax🌻 (@Mcshortstuf) April 29, 2018
— :$ ♈️elli Flaigg #XXI 👹 (@xGomd) April 29, 2018
Some people use the drooling face emoji in a more lighthearted, cheeky way.
yeah sex is cool and all but you ever came up on a real low key thrift spot? 🤤
— BRAVADO (@MURDERBRAVADO) July 24, 2018
Don’t forget that daydreaming about a cute girl or sick kicks isn’t the only drool-inducing sleeping activity. People also drool during a deep nap or night of sleep, so you may see the drooling face emoji accompanying posts about people needing, or waking from, some quality rest.
Got the a/c in my house on 72 , all the lights in the house off and it’s raining and thundering I’m finto take me a good ass nap 🤤
— ✧ ʟɪʟ яɛԀԀ ✧ (@TheyLove_ME_) July 30, 2018
The drooling face emoji does have a meaner side, though, with its strand of spit symbolizing stupidity for some.
He just added MORE debt bc of zero tolerance… $$$ we paid is going to PRIVATE buddies of Trump team !!!!! They made millions caging children ! You don’t mind paying for Cabinet members extravagant lifestyle! Doors, tables, phone booths , security so the 2 idiots can hunt ? 🤤
— Piping Piper (@piping_piper) July 31, 2018