Where does come from?
Lemons are associated with many things, including food, health, beverages, the much beloved performer Beyoncé, fabric and decorative design, and of course, the occasional bump in the road (a lemon) with which the resourceful person might make lemonade.
Since lemons are sour, the metaphor works to suggest that life is not all sweetness and ease, and when one has a difficult moment, one should make the best of it. Often attributed to self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie in the 1940s, the first to use lemons as a “bad thing,” according to Wikipedia, was one Christian anarchist writer named Elbert Hubbard, in a 1915 eulogy for a friend: “He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade-stand.”
Then, 100 years later the lemon emoji was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. And so the story goes.
Who uses ?
Pucker up! Ok, lemons might cause some weird facial expressions, but in the right context, they are a delicious food item, an essential ingredient in some adult beverages, and they also make for a quite delicious decorating motif, among other things.
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Spring has sprung here in #adelaide and so have the blossom trees. Inspired by the blossom was today’s afternoon tipple – a classic #ginfizz using the divine citrus-forward #boigin and lemons from a friend’s tree. ##🍋 🍸 – 60ml Boigin – 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice- strained – 20ml Simple Syrup – Egg White ✖️Shake with ice and strain. Top up with soda water #chinchin
Sometimes, all of those ideas are rolled into one earnest social-media post!
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Lemon 🍋is a nice seasoning in different (fish) dishes. And fresh in a glass of water or tea or a glass of tonic. (With or without gin) I always have it at home, but will you really burn extra calories with it❓🤔 #lemon #lemondiet #burncalories #lips #nicelips #pic #photography #photo #art #artistsoninstagram #artjournal #fruit #color #yellow #yellows #food #foodporn #footfetishnation #foodie #foody #lemonjuice #lemonjuicechallenge #lemonjuice🍋 #🍋 #🍋🍋 #🍋🍋🍋
The lemon emoji is often used in social-media posts about the pop star Beyoncé, ever since her 2016 album “Lemonade” was released. It’s used especially in combination with the bee emoji here.
— Mi a Walking Trophy 😍🏆🌟👑 (@MsSpicySweet) September 4, 2018
Happy 2 year anniversary to #Beyonce's #Lemonade 🍋. This album is iconic and timeless, and has really solidified Beyoncé as a talented artist who's artistry knows no bounds! Now Playing, all day and ALL NIGHT LOOOOONG 👑 pic.twitter.com/K3GT4kJxzc
— B (@b_rad_hill) April 23, 2018
And of course, don’t forget celebrating the beauty of actual lemonade, especially when amazing people do amazing things with the zingy yellow fruit!
Kids helping kids! This summer, the Levy family held a lemonade stand in support of #childhoodcancer hero Maya's fundraising goal. With the Levy family's help, Maya has raised almost $500,000 for childhood cancer research! 👏 🍋 pic.twitter.com/8HFP9Fi9gi
— Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (@AlexsLemonade) September 6, 2018
— Brittanye B. (@PrettySassyBrit) September 6, 2018
The emoji also illustrates the idea of “making lemonade,” i.e., when life hands you lemons (as if lemons were a bad thing …).
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) September 6, 2018