Where does come from?
What the duck?
The duck emoji started out on the water, with a few hairs on his head blowing in the wind, but by the time it was approved as part of Unicode 9.0 and added to Emoji 3.0 in 2016, it had been simplified: the little duck body appeared on little duck legs, instead of bobbing in blue water.
He’s a more dignified creature now, and there is certainly no rubber duck nonsense here. That, however, doesn’t stop people from using it when they’re referring to their significant other with a pet name like “ducky.”
Who uses ?
The duck emoji finds itself in some strange places. From terms of endearment, to “duck lips” posts, and even in exhibiting occasional “rhymes with …” functionality, the little guy gets around.
And, oh yes, it’s sometimes used with posts about … ducks.
— Abi (@AbiWorsey) August 31, 2018
Ducks of all kinds.
Moley met the *original* #JemimaPuddleduck today. She was absolutely charming, if a little dotty! She was a gift from #BeatrixPotter to the children of @MelfordHallNT when they stayed with her at Hill Top. (Jemima came with the children back to Suffolk) 😊🦆 pic.twitter.com/9mW4i78UzH
— MoleyTheMole (@MoleyMole01) August 31, 2018
And, yes, it’s often used in hunting references.
— Sophie Swaney (@sophie_swaney) August 31, 2018
… and sometimes it’s even used by animal lover rock stars.
I wish a great weekend to all friends🐏🐯🐈🦊🐩🐺🐒🦆🐇🦋🐞🐝
— Simply DaveNavarro (@SimplyDave3) August 31, 2018
You do you, we say!
— Celebrity Name Game (@CelebNameGame) August 31, 2018