Where does come from?
An early Google version of the hushed face emoji 😯 (which looks more surprised than hushed, but that’s the name of it) featured a face with a zipper mouth. It was deleted with Android 6.0.1.
The official zipper-mouth face emoji was approved as part of Unicode 8.0 in 2015 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
It’s often used as a signal to shut up … whether given to someone else or for yourself.
Who uses ?
This emoji seems to confuse people … but, most often, the idea is along the lines of keeping your mouth shut, perhaps as a filtering device or in keeping a secret (as in, “what happens in Vegas, stays in vegas”):
Or, as a philosophical musing:
— Waiting to Dr.MSG (@InsanKaithal) October 25, 2018
Or … “We’re so busy, we’re not doing much talking:”
We ain’t doing to much talking 😴🏀🤐💉 pic.twitter.com/5RNVijq1F1
— 🅰️Layeh’(King🙏🏾👑) (@AJGotGame22) October 25, 2018
Or … shhh, it’s a secret:
that’s why her hairs so big it’s full of secrets 🤐 pic.twitter.com/d24EOfV5yj
— Nips 🧠 (@inevermissabeat) October 25, 2018
Sometimes, the message is, “Someone should have spoken up!”
some of y’all are like “the only person who can give me riding advice is my trainer” when your stirrups are two holes too long, which negatively affects your riding, and your so called trainer has never said a word about it 🤐
— Kate Kosnoff (@katekosnoff) October 25, 2018
It has potential for a number of creepy uses because it’s kinda creepy looking:
🤐 if anyone still wants makeup done dm me! pic.twitter.com/GW395pkNZp
— yasmine kobeissi (@YasmineKobeissi) October 25, 2018
And, sometimes we’re not sure why it’s being used. Spida though!
OH MY GOODNESS 😱😱😱
DONOVAN MITCHELL WITH THE ACROBATIC UP AND UNDER 🕷🔥🤐
— LiveFeedLouisville™ (@LiveFeedLville) October 25, 2018
— Limpsking_SA (@PretoMfana) October 25, 2018