Where does come from?
The English language has many ways to talk about vomiting: barf, hurl, puke, upchuck, ralph, pray to the porcelain god, to name a mere few. As of 2017 under Unicode 10.0, add to that list the face with open mouth vomiting emoji, as it’s officially called in the Unicode Standard. It popularly goes by the vomiting face emoji.
Across platforms, the emoji depicts a yellow smiley with squinting, crossed eyes spewing forth a bright green waterfall of vomit, sometimes with darker chunks. Google ups the sense of sickness by shading the poor smiley’s face blue.
Before its debut, face with open mouth vomiting emoji was much requested and anticipated, with users sometimes settling for the less intense nauseated face 🤢 or confounded face 😖 emoji to convey various vomiting situations.
Why isn’t there a vomiting emoji on my phone? Something vomit-inducing happened to me today and I need to tell someone about it.
— Amy Bradley-Hole 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@amybhole) April 7, 2016
When u meet the old roommate whose beard hair clogged the shower drain and cost you $80 💀*vomit emoji*
— Meagan Adams (@Meagietron) August 18, 2016
Note that on older devices that don’t support new emoji, the face with open mouth vomiting emoji will show as an empty box or question mark.
Who uses ?
People often use the face vomiting emoji for any reason/situation they would throw up in real life. This includes morning sickness, bad hangovers, food poisoning, or the flu.
31 weeks pregnant and STILL with the morning sickness 🤮 geez a break.
— KRST. (@KRSTNDRSN) May 10, 2018
Thought I wasn’t that hungover, but I think it turns out I was still drunk when I woke up and now the hangover is kicking in 🤮
— Amie (@amie_lou7) May 20, 2018
The face vomiting emoji is often used as a reaction to something perceived as ugly, gross, or repulsive.
— Billy Tolley (@BillyTolley) May 22, 2018
— ❥karem (@ohthtsHER) December 31, 2017
Just as people metaphorically talk about something as “sickening” or “making us want to puke,” so, too, people use the face with open mouth vomiting emoji to dramatically characterize something as disgusting. This can range from bad behavior to lovey-dovey displays of affection to a situation that makes someone feel uncomfortable.
Can’t stand people who are unnecessarily rude and disrespectful to teachers, cleaners, etc 🤮
— Yaa (@yaaxo_) May 22, 2018
My ex’s cousin is in my inbox …. awkward 🤮
— nisey. (@iNkedUpYella) May 21, 2018