Where does come from?
The shushing face emoji took some time to make its debut, which seems kind of surprising. It was approved as part of Unicode 10.0 in 2017 under the name “Face With Finger Covering Closed Lips” and added to Emoji 5.0 in 2017.
Some forecast it being widely used to tell people to shush, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least on social media. (If you’ve been texted this emoji more than once or twice, well, maybe you should be doing some 🤔.) (Oops, did we say that out loud?! 🤫 )
As stated above, sometimes it can “be quiet,” but it actually usually implies secrecy, like “don’t tell anyone I just wrote that.”
Who uses ?
The shushing face emoji is used to convey a sense of secrecy and is occasionally used to express a desire for quiet or in a post that is sleep related. On social media, it’s more about sharing a secret, or a secret thought. And in personal texting, it might imply, “let it rest.”
Tonight the construction of the cardboard bomber is complete. It is a total co-incidence that my partner is away this evening and I’m sure will be super impressed at the change in decor to our lounge 😬🤫. If this is my last tweet you will know why 😂 #B787 pic.twitter.com/G84hOysIQV
— Captain Mark (@markparbhoo) October 24, 2018
Cheat Meal Wednesday in FULL EFFECT!
… Don’t Tell Lord Shaxx 🤫 pic.twitter.com/HAVN31m5x7
— AK 影 (@Ansonikage) October 24, 2018
It’s often seen in sports postings on Twitter, as if pointing to a “secret weapon.”
— Overtime (@overtime) October 23, 2018
Here we have the “sneak peek” idea, but how sneaky is it if you put it on social media?
Oddly, it’s also used in a completely opposite way—on posts that are all about promotion and that might be loud and boisterous.
— sPoOkY DiCk🔜Freaky Deaky👻🕷 (@ericksworldtour) October 24, 2018
Of course, social-media posts about silence are the best place for this emoji.
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“All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when necessary, speak – and speak in such a way that people will remember it.” __Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Thank you @fundacionpabloatchugarry for being kind enough to participate in my #silenceproject This exhibition opens on November 1st at La Fototeca de Cuba in Havana. #mayoralphotography #🤫 #silenceproject #blackandwhite #womeninart #artinstallation