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πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ Pirate Flag emoji

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What does πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ Pirate Flag emoji mean?

The Pirate Flag emoji πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ displays a Jolly Roger, a black flag with a skull and crossbones used by pirates. It is commonly used to refer to pirates and sports teams named after pirates. This emoji is sometimes used in reference to illegally downloading content, known as pirating.

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πŸ’€ Skull emoji, ☠️ Skull and Crossbones emoji, ⚰️ Coffin emoji

Where does πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ Pirate Flag emoji come from?

The Pirate Flag emoji πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ was approved under Unicode 11.0 in 2018. The emoji combines the Black Flag emoji 🏴 with the Skull and Crossbones emoji ☠️ (which is why this emoji may display as a sequence of those two emoji on devices that don’t support it as a single emoji). On all major platforms, theΒ Pirate Flag emoji πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ takes the form of a flag depicting a white skull and crossbones on a black field. Apple and Microsoft depict the flag on a flagpole.

Many sports teams are named after pirates (or buccaneers, raiders, etc.), and theΒ Pirate Flag emoji πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ is widely used by their fans and sports outlets on social media. TheΒ Pirate Flag emoji πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ is also occasionally used when a person references the act of illegally downloading content off of the Internet, called pirating (a metaphorical extension of the original term). This use of the emoji is not too widespread because discussing illegal activity generally violates a website’s terms of service.Β 

Examples of πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ Pirate Flag emoji

Yarr, me hearties, 'tis time fer a spot o' rum, says I. πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈΒ 
@WhoTweetedThis, November 15, 2018
Today is #TalkLikeAPirateDay. It's all over Twitt-Arrr πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ
@BBCHighlands, September 19, 2017

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Who uses πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ Pirate Flag emoji?

The Pirate Flag emoji πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ is used to discuss infamous (and sometimes beloved) swashbucklers from history and fictional pirate characters in popular culture. Often appearing in conjunction with the Skull and Crossbones emoji ☠️, the emoji is used all over the seven, digital seas to reference pirates, especially on Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19).

As noted above, the Pirate Flag emoji πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ is also used in sports to refer to the many teams named after pirates.

The Pirate Flag emoji πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ is very occasionally used to refer to illegal downloading … usually in an oblique manner.

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