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🏩 Love Hotel emoji

[luhv hoh-tel or hart hos-pi-tlΒ ih-moh-jee]

What does 🏩 Love Hotel emoji mean?

Oh, boy. This emoji has two distinctly different ideas behind it.

TheΒ love hotelΒ or heart hospital emoji depicts a building with both a pink heart and on some platforms the letter H emblazoned on the front. It is mostly used in reference to hospitals and health as well as to vacation resorts. Those uses are far from the reported original intent, which was to indicate a house of ill reputeΒ (i.e., a bad reputation).

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sugar daddy, slut-shaming, puta

Where does 🏩 Love Hotel emoji come from?


When theΒ love hotelΒ or heart hospital emojiΒ  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 letterΒ 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 hereΒ πŸ₯, 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 hotelΒ emoji now has a second name: the heart hospital emoji.


Examples of 🏩 Love Hotel emoji

Ya girl is officially starting nursing school next month !!!!πŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ©πŸŽ‰
@laughinglia, September, 2018
@littlelo_diego, September, 2018
I just have so much to look forward to and such a bright future ahead of me, accompanied and supported by people I love. I could not be happier over here πŸ’“πŸ©πŸ˜‡πŸŒ»πŸŒŸ
@veronica0vaughn, September, 2018

Who uses 🏩 Love Hotel emoji?

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:

And two more:

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:

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 …

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