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🤗 Hugging Face emoji

[huhg-ing feys ih-moh-jee]

What does does Hugging Face emoji 🤗 mean?

Bring it in, there, buddy. The hugging face emoji is meant to depict a smiley offering a hug. But, it's often just used to show excitement, express affection and gratitude, offer comfort and consolation, or signal a rebuff. This range of meaning is thanks to the ambiguous—and very grope-y—appearance of its hands.

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Where does 🤗 Hugging Face emoji come from?

The hugging face emoji was approved in 2015 under Unicode 8.0. It came out alongside other popular smileys, include upside-down face 🙃 and face with rolling eyes 🙄. 

Across platforms, the emoji is fairly uniform, showing a smiling face with smiling eyes and hands meant to represent giving a hug. On Apple and Microsoft, for instance, the hands are outstretched, as if reaching out for the hug. On Google and EmojiOne, the hands face inward, as if already in the act of the embrace.

Thanks to the appearance of its hands, the emoji is sometimes referred to as the jazz hands emoji, which tech entrepreneur Elon Musk notably called it in 2018 after his iPhone suggested the emoji when he typed “jazz hands.”

And, it’s those very hands that have unnerved many emoji users since its 2015 debut, finding the hugging face emoji not comforting—but creepy.

Examples of 🤗 Hugging Face emoji

He’s the best daddy by far 💕🤗
@welshans_debra, June, 2018
Can't wait to see this guy tomorrow!! 🤗 @heyFrankRocks
@webbanumba2, December, 2016
So happy my boss gave me the entire weekend off 🤗
@andressss_g, December, 2016
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Who uses 🤗 Hugging Face emoji?

In musical theater and dance, jazz hands are a kind of song-ending flourish of the hands, shaken with palms out and fingers outstretched. Because some think the hands of the hugging face emoji resemble that dance move, they use the emoji to express excitement, such as upon a big reveal or ta-da moment.

The broad smile and open arms of the hugging face emoji also lend it to expressions of love, joy, gratitude, appreciation, or feeling blessed.

Others see a kind of nonchalant dismissal in the emoji’s gesture, a sort of friendly-faced don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out. And so, the hugging face emoji can also signify a rebuff from someone who is not going to put up with your drama.

True to its name, finally, the hugging face emoji does see some use in showing comfort and support, giving a digital hug.

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