Kinda worried next time I go to Cali I might not leave until winter is over 😬
Where does come from?
Approved in 2012 under Unicode 6.1, the grimacing face emoji is intended to depict a grimace, a contorted facial expression showing disapproval, pain, or even perverse delight.
Imagine you see an athlete get hurt, a performer bomb on stage, a politician put their foot in their mouth, or someone eat the leftover pizza you were saving for lunch. Cringing in discomfort, you tighten your eyes and jaw and breathe in through teeth: that’s 😬. It’s bad, painful, but not the end of the world.
The major platforms seek to capture the complex grimace with round, flat eyes and clenched teeth—which some people mistake for a toothy grin from a distance.
Since 2015 on the social-messaging app Snapchat, the grimacing face emoji displays when your #1 best friend (the person you send the most snaps to) is #1 best friends with someone else. Oof 😬.
Who uses ?
Let’s drill down on some more of the senses of grimacing face emoji. It can be used to show displeasure or dissatisfaction, as if acknowledging a hard truth or experiencing something cringeworthy.
To many fake friends😬
— BRYCE KISSINGER (@KissingerBryce) December 29, 2016
I need to make some serious changes next year😬
— danielle (@daniiellexx) December 29, 2016
I can hide my love for someone for years but hiding my hate…….😬
— ana❁ (@AnaMarkovic_) December 29, 2016
It can express awkwardness.
That awkward moment when someone says they miss you but you don’t necessarily miss them back 😬….
— Ash 💕 (@GxldASHes) May 22, 2018
Or a knowing “oops” or sarcastic “Did I do that?”
My mom still doesn’t know I have a cat.. 😬
— Big Ben (@LondonLooHoo) December 29, 2016
“watch it sassy or the car door won’t be the only thing hitting you”
hahahahahah oops 😅😬😂
— bailey buffington (@baileyshea_20) December 29, 2016
All joking aside, the grimacing face emoji can also portray excited nerves, nagging worries, or mild fears.
This next year is going to be the biggest and most impacting year in my life so far and I’m soooo nervous and excited 😬😊
— Leonie Barber (@barber_leonie) December 29, 2017
And occasionally, the grimacing face emoji is meant to show excitement, happiness, or laughter, often with a hint of “I know I shouldn’t be laughing at this this.”
Let’s fr do it! It’s not a joke!
— Katie Anne💋 (@katie_a_huck) May 22, 2018