People were especially confused by the camel.
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Twitter had a hilarious reaction to one newspaper’s attempt to teach its readers the meanings behind sex emojis.
The great semanticist Alfred Korzybski once postulated that “man’s achievements rest on the use of symbols.” Throughout our history, we have used sound, body language, words, hieroglyphics, art, flags, and various other symbols to share ideas and create communities with one another.
In the second millennium of the Common Era, humankind has made use of a new symbol system: emoji.
Like any other symbols, emojis can have various meanings — and not understanding their full connotations can lead to massive embarrassment.
To help its readers avoid any missteps in the world of dating, The Times of India included a cheat sheet in its March 18, 2018, print edition to teach people about sex emojis.
“Those new to digital flirting, beware — a purple brinjal [eggplant] may not mean baingan bharta [an eggplant dish] for dinner, and not everyone squirting teardrops is sad,” The Times wrote.
I CAN'T FCKNG BREATHE WHAT IS THIS IN TODAY'S NEWSPAPER pic.twitter.com/xuwREqROCb— ni**i loves Jeongguk alot (@suzyjeons) March 18, 2018\n
To the uninitiated, this could be a big help. Just like Korzybski said, improper emoji use could really hinder one’s “achievements” in the world of dating. What if someone genuinely wanted to go out for a delicious dinner and innocently texted an eggplant, not knowing it also means “Let’s go out for some penis”?
For people in the know on Twitter, the infographic was not only hilarious but contentious as well.
How is a mailbox sex?— (@taedojoon) March 18, 2018\n
Package delivered, maybe? I'm more confused by the camel.— Kamon ღゝ◡╹)ノ♡ (@imustnotrunaway) March 19, 2018\n
camels hump— Henry (@HenryBearoo) March 20, 2018\n
I had no idea fisting for "self pleasure" was so popular— Liam Farr (@nz_liam) March 20, 2018\n
I have been severely misled about the meaning of the fist bump emoji.— Stefan Sirucek (@sirstefan) March 21, 2018\n
I've only ever seen the and used sexually... The and sometimes, but the not the way they're saying.... This newspaper is fokin weird.— tsuki (@sidonsama) March 20, 2018\n