or key emoji [kee ih-moh-jee]
What does 🔑 mean?
Not to be confused with the old key emoji ... the key emoji depicts a single key, and it's presented in varying shades of brass and silver on various platforms.
Most versions are modern keys, but a few of them, like Facebook's version, use a pass key style, also known as a skeleton key, because it just has that old fashioned look. Oh, you fancy Facebook ...
Where does come from?
The idea of a key being an answer, or a way to unlock something that leads to an answer, has long been part of our language. “The key to happiness.” “The key to success.” “The key to the heart.” We’ve all heard these before …
A key does literally unlock something: a door, a treasure chest, a diary. There are even digital keys, composed of numbers rather than metal, used in the digital world for security measures. So, using the word key in a metaphorical way relating to an answer or solution makes a lot of sense. (Yes, we’re teaching you about metaphors right now … chill out.)
The key emoji was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
Who uses ?
The key emoji might carry the secret to happiness and success! In social-media posts using the key emoji, the messaging is positive and often about self improvement with themes of commitment, drive, passion, and self confidence.
These posts often convey the idea that the key to finding happiness and success is … to find the key to happiness and success! Good luck.
There is no 🔑 key to happiness, the door 🚪 is always open pic.twitter.com/dctMu4Zndr
— Daniel Walker (@DanielW07883509) November 23, 2018
Dedication is the 🔑 pic.twitter.com/fLf0DW2fLi
— Christian (@cg_garcia831) November 23, 2018
be careful about the energies you download 🔑 pic.twitter.com/YJ3ff8jGK7
— cery. (@Cerytter) November 23, 2018
It’s also used in messaging or ideas about the home.
I've just bought my first home 🙌📝🔑 pic.twitter.com/FBJwaEEGdF
— Sam Highton (@SamHighton) November 22, 2018
And, sometimes, it’s actually about keys! Although that key chain probably is only seen on fuckboy’s keys.
Trying to find the perfect stocking filler? Look no further than the Porsche crested keyrings available at the Centre🔑 pic.twitter.com/6xOOSL0zjz
— Porsche Nottingham (@PorscheNotts) November 23, 2018
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