or thought balloon emoji or thought bubble emoji [thawt buh-loon ih-moh-jee]
What does 💭 mean?
Something on your mind? There’s an emoji for that.
The thought balloon emoji means you are thinking through something, as in trying to make a decision or come up with what to say next.
It also could mean you have a lot on your mind or are lost in your thoughts. Randomly, it is also sometimes used to represent a cloud in the sky. OK then.
Where does come from?
The origin of the thought ballon is ancient.
However the designer of the thought balloon emoji probably had something a little more contemporary in mind. Thought bubbles are seen throughout modern comic strips to indicate to a reader they are reading a character’s unvoiced thoughts, like in Charles M. Schultz’ classic Snoopy, which debuted in 1950.
The thought balloon emoji was added to the Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and Emoji 1.0 in 2015. It shows a line of little puffy clouds leading up on a big puffy cloud. On most devices and platform it’s white, except for Twitter, where it is blue. Apple’s use of three-dimensional shading makes it looks a little like a storm cloud.
Who uses ?
The thought balloon emoji is used by anyone who needs to take a moment to think before they speak, which is—or at least should be—everyone.
In texting, you can add a light bulb to the thought balloon emoji to show that you have a great idea or use it with the thinking face emoji to indicate you are trying to make a decision.
On social media, people use it to indicate they are stressed out because they have a lot on their mind. They also use it to celebrate their ideas or ask for ideas from others.
💭💭💭ideas? House show??? pic.twitter.com/BahOFeh96s
— @tomkrell (@HowToDressWell) November 16, 2018
Use it when you are asking a question to let people know you want to hear their thoughts … because we want to hear their thoughts, right?
It also is used by people who have dreams and wishes.
I wish your dreams come truth 💜💭
— Fr4ses👑 (@StarFr4ases) November 12, 2018
Folks who don’t know about the whole range of weather-related emoji will reach for this one to talk about bad weather … it’s like a little thought storm cloud.
When you realize only a few more hours stand between you, yummy food and a relaxing break… 🥧💭 pic.twitter.com/aZp3urF0DU
— Cornell University (@Cornell) November 20, 2018
Smokers also use this emoji to puff proudly.
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