Where does come from?
When the love hotel or heart hospital emoji was created and approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 , it apparently meant a hotel where rooms may be rented by the hour, for … love. By the time it was added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015, the use had shifted.
Maybe it’s the letter H atop the building or the sweet pink heart over the entrance. It might be the fact that it actually looks a bit like the hospital emoji seen here 🏥, depending on your viewing platform.
Whatever it is, this is one of the most misused emojis we’ve come across; instead of being used to refer to a “love hotel,” it often just references hospitals and health care. It’s also used to mean a romantic resort or vacation getaway.
So … a hotel for prostitution? Not so much. That’s why the love hotel emoji now has a second name: the heart hospital emoji.
Who uses ?
It’s fun seeing the love hotel emoji used to mean things other than what it was intended for. Or, maybe we just have a twisted sense of humor.
At any rate, here, the intent is clearly a medical reference:
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— Tom Spalding (@SpaldoBusiness) September 21, 2018
And two more:
Likely outcomes of a 'no-deal' #Brexit:
🔴 NHS could run out of drugs 🏩
🔴 Ambulances stopped at border 🚑
🔴 Spiralling costs for business 🏬
🔴 Huge lorry queues 🚛🚛🚛
🔴 Empty shelves 🍽️
🔴 Increased credit card costs 📈
🔴 Planes grounded 🛬
🔴 Manufacturing collapse 🏭
— Theresa Griffin MEP (@TheresaMEP) September 17, 2018
This Instagram user means to imply a spa with this emoji:
We’re pretty sure this historic resort in the Poconos is not used for prostitution:
— Woodloch Resort (@Woodloch) September 20, 2018
And here, the intent is probably for a romantic get-away.
We’re really not sure of the intent here:
So, as you can see, the love hotel emoji is a lot of things, but we’d say its current use is not what the emoji’s creators intended. Guess you don’t need to say “whore house” very often in texts …