Where does come from?
Fancy some ice in your (emoji) drink? 🥃 🥤 Well, you can now with the the ice cube emoji.
The emoji was approved in 2019 under Unicode 12.0. It’s categorized under Food & Drink, which is sensible, as ice cubes are typically used to cool our various drinks. The emoji appears to have been inspired by a March 2018 proposal for an iceberg emoji.
Current versions display the ice cube as, well, a grayish-blue block of ice. On unsupported platforms, the ice cube emoji may display as an empty box.
Who uses ?
While the ice cube emoji is only fresh out of the emoji freezer, users have already found a range of clever applications for it.
For starters, the ice cube emoji may be used alongside other Food & Drink emoji (e.g., lemon emoji 🍋, for an ice-cold lemonade) in reference to cold drinks—often of the adult variety.
#StrangeWaysToRelax I do what I call "Going to Italy": I draw a hot bath w/ bathsalts, play the album Romance in Venice, light a Champagne Toast candle, wash w/ Bath&Bodyworks Limoncello, and sip an ice-cold lemonade. So relaxing 🇮🇹🛀🧂🚣🏽♂️🎵🕯️🥂🍋🧊https://t.co/gh52hcMRDj
— 🌎👑 Lazy Dictator 👑🌍 (@LazyDictator) April 19, 2019
The shape of the ice cube emoji has also lent the pictogram to various representation of cube-like shapes or concepts.
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) April 22, 2019
Ice is cold, and various terms for cold are used to mean “excellent, good, laidback” (e.g., chill). Expect to find the ice cube emoji used of these and other ice-related expressions, such as an icy stare or a conversational icebreaker.
LOL the workplace
hella chill 🧊
We cool out there 🐐
Nutsku knows the g.o.a.t. of #techstering
— 🔁 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀 ★ (@globalmarduk) April 19, 2019
Of course, ice is actually cold, so the ice cube emoji sees literal uses for cold temperatures or weather events.
— iceScreen (@icescreens) April 18, 2019