or face screaming in fear emoji [feys skree-ming in feer ih-moh-jee]
What does 😱 mean?
AHHHHHHHHHHHH 😱!!! The face screaming in fear emoji, 😱, depicts a face with wide, usually blank eyes, and a mouth open in a scream. Most versions also feature hands on the face’s cheeks and a blue gradient at the top of the face, as if it's lost all its color.
The face screaming in fear emoji 😱 is often used to express extremes of emotion: both negative and positive ones that would elicit screaming, whether horrified or excited.
Where does come from?
Unicode approved face screaming in fear emoji 😱 in 2010 as part of Unicode 6.0.
Most versions of face screaming in fear emoji 😱 essentially resemble The Scream, an 1893 painting by modern artist Edvard Munch. Interestingly, no one is one-hundred percent sure what exactly the person in the painting is screaming about … just like this emoji.
The blue gradient at the top of the emoji’s face on most versions is linked to a common visual device in manga and anime, which represents a cold sweat, like when someone is upset, sad, or afraid.
Who uses ?
The face screaming in fear 😱 is most often used to express extremes of emotion, both positive and negative. You know, the kinds of feelings that might make you scream in horror or joy.
Just spotted my first 🐍 of the season!! 😳
Better a snake than a spider!! 🕷🕷😱🤯😱
— Craig Dwyer (@thebigperc) October 2, 2018
It’s also a perfect match for positive excitement: feelings like joy, astonishment, and disbelief. Think “I love this so much I could scream!” types of moments.
Watching Cheaper By the Dozen, this ol’ gem 😱
— TaeNotTay (@TaelorLather) October 2, 2018
— aℓy (@aly_xm) October 2, 2018
Of course, face screaming in fear 😱 goes hand in hand with negative excitement, too. Think mild to severe horror.
😱😭sadly, upon reflection I think you’re right. Horrifying!
— Caroline B (@SailingGal1) October 2, 2018
Trending towards last place in your league? 📉😱
Let us know what bold moves you will you make to turn your season around!
— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLfantasy) October 2, 2018
Then there’s surprise or disbelief. Those “WTF” or “OMG no way!” moments tend to fit somewhere in between positive and negative excitement, and can basically count for both. The face screaming in fear emoji 😱 is up for the job.
The guy from the parking lot?😱
— 𝒞𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓉𝓃𝑒𝓎 𝒦𝒾𝓃𝒸𝒽 (@courtkinch) October 2, 2018
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