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The fire emoji is also called the flame, hot, or lit emoji. It is commonly used to praise someone or something, signifying that a person, object, album, movie, or so on, is “lit,” a slang term to describe something that is exceptionally cool or great. As lit is also slang for “intoxicated,” the fire emoji doubles as a way to say someone is very high or wasted. The term fire has been used as slang for high-quality weed in hip-hop since the early 1990s, and so sometimes the fire emoji is used to reference marijuana.
I rarely use the fire emoji but this Sally Jenkins column about Serena and Osaka is 🔥🔥🔥.https://t.co/W4Yg3TSa6I
— Lon Chaney Jr. (@chaneyj) September 9, 2018
Due to its prominence, the American Dialect Society chose dumpster fire, a disastrous situation, as its 2016 Word of the Year, often represented as ️ on social media (a wastebasket plus fire emoji).
Fire emoji was included as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
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The fire emoji can also evoke the idiom, “to be on fire,” with the emoji symbolizing that a person is doing something extremely well, like playing guitar. Additionally, the fire emoji is a way to express that a person is very attractive, (e.g., “Girl looks ”). This use is a play on the slang term hot, meaning “sexy” or “really good looking,” and is applied to everyone from one’s boyfriend or girlfriend to celebrities.
— Metro (@MetroUK) September 13, 2018
When paired with other emoji, though, the fire emoji can take on more negative meanings that draw on the literal sense of fire. For example, if a person messages ➡️ , they might be saying “Go die in a fire” to someone they’re very mad at. Sometimes, the fire emoji signifies a flamewar, which is a heated fight between two people online.
On the messaging app Snapchat, the fire emoji is used as a special reward. Here, the fire emoji indicates when someone has a “Snapstreak” with another user, which means that they have “snapped” (sent pictures or videos) back and forth for at least three consecutive days, as if their friendship is on fire.