Where does come from?
Originally called “Face With Uneven Eyes and Wavy Mouth” in Unicode, this emoji entered the scene in 2018.
The woozy face emoji is our friend the yellow smiley emoji after getting hammered. The smile is replaced by a wavy, partially open mouth. One of its eyes are squished as if it’s half-winking or squinting. The emoji looks slightly different from platform to platform, but it always looks pretty wasted.
Who uses ?
When it first came out, the woozy face emoji baffled the internet and bewildered users crowdsourced ideas for what it meant.
Can someone explain wtf this emoji is ? LMAO pic.twitter.com/whou74Wcor
— . (@glogrowgo1) October 31, 2018
True to form, Twitter offered some super gross ideas. People speculated it’s the face you make when you are trying to push out a fart, when you burp and blow it out the side of your face, or when you have–or are about to have–diarrhea.
— David Bayard (@dayvid_bayard) December 4, 2018
A host of sexual meanings were floated, including the face you make when you come or when something is both pleasurable and a little uncomfortable.
— komaeda hand fidget spinner toy for adult children (@thinkiplayagame) October 30, 2018
Because of the emoji looks as though it’s making a “stupid face,” it’s also been used to convey self depreciation–like when you forget to plan for the obvious things…
Guess who has to be up in 1 hour to go to the airport and is still awake…. This fucking idiot 🥴
— Ashley Delaney (@Ash_Delaney91) December 7, 2018
Megan Farokhmanesh of The Verge says it’s this emoji is a stand in for “the drunk weirdo at the bar.” She writes, “At 2AM, this is the emoji that will slide up next to you, try to make conversation, and promptly spill a beer in your hair.”
And then Miles Klee of Mel Magazine observed,”Woozy Face is me. It’s how I’ve appeared in roughly 80 percent (conservative estimate) of posed photos taken over the last decade.”
Now that the emoji’s novelty has worn off, people mostly use it to express that they are having strong, negative emotions such as stress. Because life is struggle.
i am who? 😳😳 i am what? 😡😡 what's the reason for my real existence? 😷😷👻 dont know why 🥴 don't know why 🤐 ᑫᵘᵉˢᵗᶦᵒⁿ ❓ ᑫᵘᵉˢᵗᶦᵒⁿ ⁉️
— hwall dancing to bst (@chnbangs) August 8, 2018
The first five days after the weekend are always hard. 🥴
— M O R E N I K E J I M I (@mzgbeborun) December 3, 2018