or skull emoji [skuhl ih-moh-jee]
What does 💀 mean?
The skull emoji shows a simple skull, not to be confused with the skull and crossbones emoji ... that one is completely different, of course.
The black cavities of the skull emoji, where the eyes would be, are enormous, and the inclusion of teeth varies from platform to platform.
It's mostly used in lighthearted posts related to death or scary things.
Where does come from?
The skull emoji was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
The difference between the skull emoji and the skull with crossbones emoji is the tone, mainly. The skull with crossbones conveys poison and death, quite literally: It’s often the symbol to indicate poison on a product.
Meanwhile, the skull emoji has a more pop culture, trendy, fun feel … even though it still can be used when talking about death.
And on that note … here’s a little history about the skull, you know you’re interested …
The human skull has long been associated with death and creepy things. Being an easily identified part of a skeleton, it’s the skeletal part that conveys the deepest representational meaning of life, both past and present.
While we associate it with death, the skull has also enjoyed popularity in trendy, pop culture design, from jewelry to clothing. In Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday traditions, where late loved ones are remembered, the skull is an omnipresent symbol, represented in sugary treats and colorful art. While looking death right in the face (or what’s left of it) should be scary, the bejeweled, bedazzled, kaleidoscopic Day of the Dead treatment of the human skull has a way of turning fear into something much easier to manage.
Who uses ?
The skull emoji is not usually used in a serious or dark way, though it’s sometimes used in social media relating to death or the paranormal.
More often, it is used in relation to Halloween, to uncertainty, to scary things in life, and to those things which are sure to kill us, like kettlebells. Or deep embarrassment, like embarrassment that makes you want to yell “kill me,” the embarrassment only puberty can really make you feel.
Again, remember the skull and crossbones emoji is used more as a warning, about something dangerous, deadly, or toxic (yes, it can be a person). The simple skull emoji mostly pokes fun at death … or alludes to it in a friendly way.
Cause of death: Hannah’s kettlebells class 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/AHHfh7MHSe
— 🦄 Adamskii 🧶 (@AdamskiJonDicky) November 12, 2018
— alaiya 🥰 (@layraney) November 12, 2018
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Sadly this is the last of the Crown of Roses skull rings with blue opals. We also have one more necklace in sterling and one in rose gold vermeil. After they’re gone the colorways with blue opals will be retired. DM for details or visit the Memento Mori section on the website.
— M👽Herondale💀 (@sgy143) November 12, 2018
And, of course, when we think of skulls, we think of … chocolate. Mmmm, chocolate.
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