or ghost emoji [gohst ih-moh-jee]
What does 👻 mean?
The ghost emoji depicts a cartoonish looking figure in white, shaped like a teardrop or bubble with arms and round black spots for eyes.
It usually pertains to scary things and, of course, to Halloween. In texting, it can mean that someone is not feeling like themselves, they are feeling inconsequential or invisible; it can mean, "hey boo," and it can mean the texter finds something to be surprisingly creepy.
Where does come from?
Don’t be haunted by the many ways the ghost emoji is used! Ghosts represent all kinds of things—the past, the unknown, people who have died, people who want to be invisible, premonitions or “feelings,” paranormal events, and more. There are even a whole bunch of words for the … thing: specter, spirit, spook, ghoul, phantasm, apparition, wraith, and poltergeist, to name a few.
So basically we needed the ghost emoji … bad. It was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. In most platforms, it’s shown smiling, and, for some reason, it’s tongue is usually hanging out. The Google ghoul is actually winking, and the Emojidex ghost is the only one that is dark and ghoulish … boo!
Who uses ?
The ghost emoji is used, of course, in relation to Halloween, but it’s also used in posts about things that are scary or unsettling. Like horror movies. Or tattoos.
In texting, it can mean that someone is not feeling like themselves, they are feeling inconsequential or invisible; it can mean, “hey boo,” and it can mean the texter finds something to be surprisingly creepy.
You can rinse the surface but the stain will remain pic.twitter.com/gQwCajONa3
— spooky peach 🍑👻 (@HalloweenQu33n) October 31, 2018
Ghost Bear 👻🐻 pic.twitter.com/Mk9oHiNz19
— Pape (@PapetheGreat) March 14, 2018
— Rena (@sailormoon1979) July 14, 2018
— Natalie Rodgers (@Natalie_Scala) March 14, 2018
I started with the most craziest abandoned buildings i've ever explored! Today is an old Abandoned Mansion from the French Civil War and @i_am_joshyo explored this mansion to as well. 100 likes and i'll drop the 3 AM challenge this week of this place!➡️https://t.co/y184r0Ml72👻 pic.twitter.com/ujeq0deIuM
— Real JefStetics World (@ItsJeffreyBrah) March 14, 2018
Booking a trip to Salem for Halloween😍🙌🏼🎃👻
— Miranda Turnbull (@mirandaturnbull) August 14, 2018
It’s used in posts about cute (but maybe a little naughty) pooches, too.
My little monster 👻 pic.twitter.com/jT0T6jECkH
— EMG (@ethan_g11) July 14, 2018
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