What Does That Emoji Icon Mean Anyway?
If you’re new to Emoji, you’ll be forgiven for not knowing just what some of these icons and characters are supposed to mean. Many are common sense, while others are a bit of a mystery, but there’s an easy way to find out what a specific Emoji character means just by looking at the icon in the Special Character selector of OS X.
This panel should be available in just about any app that allows keyboard input, but we’ll use TextEdit as an example:
- Pull down the “Edit” menu and select “Special Characters”, then select “Emoji” from the left side menu to access all available icons
- Find the Emoji icon in question and click on it to reveal it’s intended meaning
The example above shows the infamous “Pile of Poo”, which also happens to be it’s defined meaning. You can find these little descriptions for any of the Emoji, but because many new characters have shown up since iOS 6 not all of them will be available on the Mac emoji keyboard.
Emoji definitions aren’t available in the iOS keyboard though, so users of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will just have to continue taking their best guesses.