@DebbiBach 2 of my friends lost their sons this week, car accident & illness. 2016 has been a terrible,tragic year. I'm sorry for ur loss. 🙁
Where does come from?
Not be confused with the disappointed face emoji (with down-turned eyes and a deep frown), the slightly frowning face has a gentler frown and neutral eyes.
Added to the Unicode Consortium in 2014, it is relatively consistent across platforms. However, on Facebook it has eyebrows, and Microsoft gave it their characteristic strong black border.
Who uses ?
Originally, the slightly frowning face emoji was intended to give people a slightly less intense option to the disappointed face emoji … to give people something to use to indicate something is a little bit of a bummer.
It accompanies posts about how something bad—but not that bad—happened … like when you ordered a soy vanilla latte and got a soy almond latte.
However, in the crowded emoji field these distinctions sometimes get lost and people have started using it for significant tragedy as a way to express sympathy for someone who has lost someone close to them.
I’m sorry for your loss 🙁😔 he loves you and is still watching you ❤️
— A. Hux 🍻 (@Siirriius) September 15, 2018
— LENNI-KIM OFFICIEL (@LenniKim) December 27, 2016
It is also used in posts about major news events to show how the person posting may feel about the current state or affairs or about tragedy on a global scale.
Thoughts and prayers for all that being affected by #HurricanFlorence I’m glued to the TV 🙏🙏🙁 how can we help?
— Camille Grammer (@TheRealCamilleG) September 14, 2018