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When you’re at a loss for words, emoji can fill the silence. Now, you have 184 more to choose from.
Apple released iOS 9.1 for iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, and the update includes new wallpapers and support for Live Photos. But the most exciting update, of course, is the new emoji. Scrolling through your emoji keyboard can be overwhelming, so we’ve rounded them up here for you.
There are some you’ve probably been waiting for (the middle finger, taco and burrito) but there are others we didn’t even know we wanted until this week (the unicorn and Vulcan Salute/Spock/Star Trek ones). Then there are few that imply much more than their face value, like the mysterious eye.
We’ve divided the full slate into categories, below, along with suggestions for how to use each.
Slightly Smiling Face: When you’re feeling only slightly happy OR that awkward face you make when you see someone you know whose name you don’t remember.
Hugging Face: Use this to give someone a virtual hug.
Thinking Face: Use this to tell someone you’ll get back to them with an answer.
Face With Rolling Eyes: In case the Unamused Face (or what I call the side-eye emoji) isn’t getting your annoyance across, this over-the-top eye roll might suffice.
Zipper-Mouth Face: When you’re tired of telling someone to “Zip it.”
Nerd Face: The instant messaging days of typing out “nerd” with “8-B” are now over.
White Frowning Face: The perfect frown to emote complete and utter sadness and hopelessness.
Slightly Frowning Face: The perfect frown to emote half-complete and utter sadness and hopelessness.
Upside-down Face: When you’re feeling a little silly and/or tipsy and/or drunk.
Face With Thermometer: The universal sign of the upcoming flu season.
Face With Head-bandage: When you’re injured — metaphorically or physically — but functional enough to still text your status.
Money-mouth Face: C.R.E.A.M.
Robot Face: When you’re talking to a dude on Tinder who’s using pick-up lines and messages that sound like a broken record. Or robot.
Helmet With White Cross: The cross symbol on this helmet is used as a safety reminder in construction zones in Japan, according to Emojipedia. The helmet is also similar to the one worn by the Mega Man game character Met, who wears the hard hats for invincibility.
Sleuth or Spy: Use this to show you’re feeling a little sneaky.
Speaking Head in Silhouette: Use this to encourage someone to speak out, or to symbolize a rally or protest.
Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended: When a passive “K” isn’t enough, or you’re discussing the patriarchy.
Sign of the Horns: Is this a horn sign or a “rock on” sign? Do we know the difference anymore?
Raised Hand With Fingers Splayed: Use this to virtually high-five someone.
Raised Hand With Part Between Middle And Ring Fingers: The “Live Long and Prosper” Vulcan Salute from Star Trek first appeared in the “Amok Time” episode. Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock and popularized the hand gesture, was inspired by the way kohanim, the Hebrew word for priests, held their hands during a “priestly blessing,” a Jewish benediction. The gesture represents the Hebrew letter Shin.
Writing Hand: Does anyone actually write anymore? Haven’t they heard of emoji?
Eye: This eye is almost too realistic.
Dark Sunglasses: This is a slight change from the emoji face with sunglasses, so if you’re going for a minimal, effortless approach to “cool,” this is the one for you.
Lion Face: The lion is said to have a timid face. Who knew the feline could show a less fierce side.
Unicorn Face: UNICORNS ARE REAL. THIS IS PROOF. In Silicon Valley, this one has even more meaning.
Chipmunk: Use this to show your post-wisdom-tooth-removal face.
Turkey: The No. 1 trending emoji on Thanksgiving.
Dove of Peace: Woodstock.
Crab: The indirect way of asking your Tinder match if they’ve been tested yet.
Spider, Spider Web, Scorpion: Use these to ask someone to help you kill a pesky bug in your room.
Thermometer: Cue Sean Paul’s “Temperature.”
Thunder Cloud with Rain, White Sun with Small Cloud, White Sun Behind Cloud, White Sun Behind Cloud with Rain, Cloud with Rain, Cloud with Snow, Cloud with Lightning, Cloud with Tornado, Fog: When someone’s too lazy to check the weather themselves, just take your pick.
Wind Blowing Face: A face blowing wind, or a face blowing … something else?
Umbrella: With all the new umbrella emoji, there are now five you can choose from, including the Umbrella With Raindrops emoji we already had.
Snowman: Unlike the snowman we already had, this one actually has snow falling around it.
Comet: This is way cooler than the shooting star emoji.
Hot Pepper: It’s not Sriracha, but it’ll do. Use this to tell someone they’re hot, hot, hot, or that you want spicy food.
Cheese Wedge: How have we not had this before? It’s only like the best food group to ever exist.
Hot Dog: Yeah, this could symbolize the beloved American classic served at baseball games and on the Fourth of July, buuuut we know what you’re really thinking about.
Taco: Likewise, yes, tacos are most delicious during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taco also compliments the hot dog, if that’s your thing.
Burrito: Chipotle and chill?
Popcorn: Netflix and chill?
Bottle With Popping Cork: FINALLY, a sign for an orgasm.
Fork and Knife With Plate: An upgrade from the emoji of just the fork and knife, this is the five-course meal of silverware emoji.
Man in Business Suit Levitating: Apparently, the Webdings version of this emoji was “intended to be an exclamation mark in the style of the rude boy logo found on records by The Specials published under the 2 Tone Records label,” according to linguist Andrew West, who references a post by political cartoonist Jen Sorensen. This isn’t confirmed, but we will say it also reminds us a little of Rene Magritte’s Golconda.
Rosette: The history of this flower decoration dates back to its use in ancient art and sculptures.
Reminder Ribbon: The yellow ribbon has been used to show awareness for various causes across the globe. In the U.S., it has symbolized supporting the troops, in addition to other purposes. The U.S. and New Zealand have used the ribbon to represent suicide prevention. The Yellow Ribbon Project in Singapore was created to give ex-offenders a second chance at life.
Golfer: A hole in one!
Ice Skate: Use this when you want to hit the rink, or you’re feeling like an ice princess.
Skier: The old set of emoji gave us skis, but no one to ski on them. Now we have both.
Person with Ball: We had a basketball, but now we have someone to dribble it.
Weight Lifter: Now you have a response to all the people who ask, “Do you even lift, bro?”
Racing Car, Racing Motorcycle: When you feel the need for speed, choose one of these two.
Sports Medal: Use this to tell someone you placed at a sports event.
Cricket Bat and Ball, Volleyball, Field Hockey Stick and Ball, Ice Hockey Stick and Puck, Table Tennis Paddle and Ball, Badminton Racquet and Shuttlecock: Unicode, the lexicon of all emoji, aimed to include sports that were popular globally in version 8.0.
Admission Tickets: Handy for planning a night out at the movies.
Umbrella on Ground: You’ll notice below that there’s also an umbrella on the beach emoji. These are the same thing, aren’t they? Wrong. That one is at the beach, and this one is just on random ground somewhere else.
World Map: We’re going to take a wild guess and say the use of physical maps has declined dramatically in the wake of smartphones and GPS devices. However, a folded map is a much more nostalgic way to say “road trip.”
Snow-capped Mountain: The Mount Fuji emoji we already had was almost a little too perfect. This one has a little edge.
Mountain: See above (without snow).
Camping: The daytime version of the tent emoji we already had.
Beach With Umbrella: What we’ll all be dreaming of come the next Snowpocalypse.
Desert: When someone is really, really thirsty.
Desert Island: Wilson!
National Park: We’re not sure which national park this is supposed to resemble, but we’re wondering how many stars it would get on Yelp.
Classical Building: When you’re texting about, you know, ancient Greek temples or something.
Building Construction: Will be used daily by anyone who lives in a major city.
House Buildings: Suburbia, basically.
Cityscape: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of…
Derelict House Building: When you’re complaining to the landlord about your apartment.
Place of Worship: This emoji is inclusive of any building of worship for all faiths and religions. A Buddha was on Unicode 8.0’s list of potential emoji, but was “removed due to Unicode selection criteria which recommends against adding emoji of people or deities,” according to Emojipedia.
Kaaba: Muslims consider the Kaaba, also spelled ka’bah, to be the most sacred spot on Earth, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica. It’s a small shrine located near the center of the Great Mosque in Mecca, and Muslims orient themselves toward this building during the five daily prayers.
Mosque: A place of worship for followers of Islam.
Synagogue: A place of worship, assembly and study for followers of Judaism.
Shinto Shrine: A place of worship for followers of the Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto.
Motorway: If you look closely, you’ll notice a sign heading toward Cupertino, the home of Apple’s headquarters. Probably not a coincidence.
Railway Track: The set of many high school senior photo shoots … and movies about high school senior photo shoots.
Passenger Ship: The perfect emoji to reference Titanic or a cruise vacation.
Ferry: It’s only half a ferry, but ferries are half-fun anyway.
Motorboat: Ideal for sexting. Use this when you’re actually talking about a motorboat (noun), or use it when you want to motorboat (verb).
Small Airplane: We’re wondering if this was inspired by Jimbo, the talking airplane in the British cartoon series Jimbo and the Jet-Set.
Airplane Departure: Please fasten your seatbelts and prepare for takeoff.
Airplane Arriving: See above.
Satellite: Use this when you’re talking about space… or the NSA.
Hole: What you want to crawl into on Monday mornings. And maybe Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, too.
Shopping Bags: Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.
Prayer Beads: More than two-thirds of the world’s population use prayer beads as part of religious practices, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, according to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Missouri. There are also different kinds of beads, such as mala, subha and rosary.
Skull and Crossbones: A skull emoji was already available, but the skull and crossbones is more for the “badass” vibe than the “actually dead” vibe.
Amphora: You might be tempted to just call this a vase, but the historical significance of this item goes way back. It’s an ancient vessel form that is one of the main shapes of Greek pottery, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica. The two types that differ in the way the neck meets the body, and date back as far as 900 B.C.
Frame With Picture: Not exactly a Cezanne, but it’ll do. Use this in your next ‘gram at the #museum.
Oil Drum: We have no idea when you would use this emoji, unless you’re planning to blow a place up on the set of an action film — or you’re planning a STOMP performance.
Bellhop Bell: When you’re still waiting for someone to respond to your text.
Sleeping Accommodation: A bed with a person (or where you want to be every weekday before noon).
Bed: A bed without a person (or where you probably actually are every weekday before noon).
Couch and Lamp: The setting of Netflix and chill.
Stopwatch, Timer Clock, Mantelpiece Clock: Use these to tell someone you’re in a time crunch.
Desktop Computer: This isn’t a PC, that’s for sure. This emoji represents an iMac.
Printer: Nag your coworkers for how much paper they waste.
Keyboard: Use this to tell your friend that you’re going to start Gchatting her instead of texting her.
Three Button Mouse: This mouse is a replica of Apple’s Magic Mouse.
Trackball: British electrical engineer Kenyon Taylor and his team invented the mouse’s predecessor in 1952 while working on the Royal Canadian Navy’s Digital Automated Tracking and Resolving (DATAR) project.
Film Projector: This is a slight tweak from the Movie Camera emoji.
Camera With Flash: How to nonchalantly ask someone to take a candid photo of you for your new profile pic.
Candle: How to tell someone their room smells.
Rolled-Up Newspaper: No, newspapers aren’t dying; they are immortal in emoji.
Ballot Box With Ballot: Kanye 2020.
Lower Left Fountain Pen, Lower Left Ballpoint Pen, Lower Left Paintbrush, Lower Left Crayon: Choose your writing tool wisely. From the fountain pen to the crayon, these range from super fancy and official to not so much.
Card Index Dividers, Card File Box, File Cabinet: Use this when you (or someone else) need to organize.
Spiral Note Pad: Use this to tell someone to take notes during a meeting.
Spiral Calendar Pad: Use this to tell someone to mark the date for an important event.
Linked Paperclips: Use this to ask your coworker to order more office supplies.
Wastebasket: Use this to passive agressively tell your roommate to clean the apartment.
Old Key: You’re able to tell a serious secret.
Pick, Hammer and Pick, Hammer and Wrench: Ask someone to put together IKEA furniture for you.
Gear: Use 20 of these if someone is grinding your gears.
Compression: Use this to tell someone the file they’re sending is way too big.
Alembic: This is a device used to distill chemicals.
Scales: Use this when you’re having a discussion about equality.
Chains: Tell your neighbor that her dog is getting in your garden. (Or for… other reasons.)
Dagger Knife, Crossed Swords, Shield, Bow and Arrow: How to choose your weapon of choice for the next Hunger Games.
Coffin: How you’re feeling on Monday morning.
Funeral Urn: How to tell your mom you accidentally knocked this off the mantelpiece.
Military Medal: Only use this in texts to those who hold the highest honor.
Film Frames: Netflix and chill. (As you’ve noticed throughout this guide, there are a lot of new emoji that can be used for Netflix and chill. Choose appropriately.)
Label: The sort of emoji you’d only use with a coworker.
Joystick: Use this to talk about gaming or bedroom games.
Studio Microphone: How to tell your parents the final season of American Idol is baaaaack.
Level Slider: Use this level slider to indicate volume or Photoshop tools.
Control Knobs: When you want to tell your friend you’re going to turn up at an EDM show.
Waving White Flag, Waving Black Flag: Surrender or start a texting war.
Heavy Heart Exclamation Mark Ornament: Only use this for the people you love the most.
Right Anger Bubble: When you’re too angry for words, but you still need some way to express your rage.
Black Right-Pointing Double Triangle With Vertical Bar, Black Right-Pointing Triangle With Double Vertical Bar, Black Left-Pointing Double Triangle With Vertical Bar, Double Vertical Bar, Black Square for Stop, Black Circle for Record: When you’re discussing the Drake tracks you want to skip, pause, play, stop or record forever. But are there actually any Drake tracks you want to skip or stop?
Keycap Asterisk: In case a plain old regular * isn’t enough to sensor your expletives.
Fleur-De-Lis: Translated to “flower of the lily,” it has historically been used to signify French royalty. The symbol represents perfection, light and life. In some places, however, the flower could mean something else. In Louisiana, if slaves ran away, they were reportedly branded with the fleur-de-lis as punishment.
Atom Symbol: Use this to tell someone you need help with science homework.
Om Symbol: One of the most important spiritual symbols in Hinduism. Some scholars say the shape represents the syllables of om; the three is the Sanskrit letter for ‘ahh,’ that same three with the mini S on it is ‘oooh,’ and the bindhi and half-moon at the top are the ‘mmm.’
Menorah With Nine Branches: The menorah, or tree of lights, is a candelabra that holds nine candles. It is used during the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.
Star of David: This symbol is known in Hebrew as the Magen David, or Shield of David. It is generally recognized as the symbol of Judaism.
Wheel of Dharma: This is a symbol used to represent Buddhism and Buddhist teachings.
Yin Yang: This is a concept shared by various groups in Chinese philosophy. The earliest Chinese characters for yin and yang were found in inscriptions on “oracle bones” as early as the 14th century B.C.E., according to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Latin Cross: Also known as the Christian cross.
Orthodox Cross: This is similar to the Christian cross. The top bar is the sign that was hung over Christ’s head; the center bar is where Christ’s arms were nailed; the bottom bar is where his feet rested.
Star and Crescent: The crescent moon and star is often associated with Islam, as some Muslim nations have incorporated the symbol onto its flags. But some in the Muslim community reject it as a pagan symbol.
Peace Symbol: An alternative to the hand making a peace sign. Perfect for your hippie Instagrams.
Radioactive Sign: Use this when singing “Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive.”
Biohazard Sign: Use this in response to people whose text conversations are a hazard to your brain cells.
Eye in Speech Bubble: This emoji’s meaning transcends the virtual space. It’s an anti-bullying symbol used in the I Am A Witness initiative and is meant to help bystanders and victims confront online harassment and support those who are bullied.