How the ‘begging face’ emoji became the ‘sex begging emoji’

It is now the emoji of choice for ‘simps’ (Image: Getty)

There are linguistic purists who insist on Queen’s English, avoiding textual speech and correcting grammar whenever they see it.

But there’s no denying that the way we talk has changed dramatically over the past few decades, as new technology focuses on messaging and digital communication instead of face-to-face interaction.

Acronyms like ‘LOL’ are already in official dictionaries and GIFs, videos and emojis have become as important as words in conveying tone.

The rapid rate of change when it comes to digital dialects means that the meanings of certain symbols can change rapidly as well.

For example, the peach and peach emojis, both of which started life as descriptions of food, are now considered sex symbols by most writers. Then there’s the ‘half-joking’ emoticon – most used last year, but already considered ‘cheugy‘and unfashionable of Gen Z.

Just like how words are used and not used, so are these unicode smiley faces, and using one of the wrong contexts can make you look very ‘red face emoji’.

One symbol that suffers the same fate as those mentioned above is the ‘begging face’, now commonly known as ‘begging sex emoji’.

With its puppy eyes and frown, it has always been used to beg, but has been acquiesced by sex advocates.

It now has a double associative meaning, so you may want to avoid using it in work or family conversations if you don’t want people to misunderstand you.

It’s impossible to convince people to pity you, these days a begging face is more likely to show you as mean at best or, at worst, a sexual abuser.

According to Keith Broni, Emojipedia’s VP of Emojis, the use of imploring face changes can be traced to a number of things.

He told ‘The pleading face emoji is actually is becoming popular nowadays. At its peak in early to mid-2020, the pleading face was the third most popular emoji on Twitter, fueled in part by its association with the shy/shy emoji meme (where a begging face is used in between two index finger emojis).

‘It’s also promoted as a link to “simplification”: Emojipedia’s own research shows that by 2020, this emoji is the number one emoji used alongside red hearts extremely popular classic. “

Call someone a ‘simp’ is the insult of last year’s choice, sparking thousands of memes about people demeaning themselves for the chance to get pickpocketed.

It depicts a person who has a habit of being overly sympathetic to the people they want to sleep with, using fake kindness to manipulate trust – all with the ultimate sexual purpose.

Keith continued: ‘Simplification can be seen as rather cramped – as expressed affection/desire is almost always unrequited by definition – and it also has possible connotations of need/desperation. described in some NSFW designs.

‘The growing association with the ruffled girl may have contributed to Pleading Face’s decline in popularity, as it was only popular last year.’

This emoji could have been downgraded to just a short ‘fancy it?’ in illustrative form, but it will continue to exist despite the decline in public opinion.

Once an emoji is approved and assigned a Unicode by the non-profit Unicode Consortium, it will never be removed, it will no longer exist on our keyboards regardless of its popularity.

Instead, it’s up to us to assign specific meanings to the symbols we use, ensuring the emotion we’re trying to convey isn’t overshadowed by cultural implications.

Keith says: ‘Emoticons, while still used by the majority of global users as a sign of serious emotional intent, can often fall into the same trends as slang terms.

‘Their popularity among different demographic groups, such as different generations, can increase, decrease and change based on how that demographic group tries to define itself in a similar way. contrast with other demographic groups’.

He said that distaste for certain emojis could be a way for people to feel part of a group, adding: ‘When evoking strong emotions towards or against some use emojis, they highlight their demographic identity the same way they use different slang or even support different types of pop culture/activities. ‘

In the ’60s, calling things ‘interesting’ or ‘stylish’ showed you were up to date. But by the ’80s, using these terms would be nothing more than suggesting that you’re an old hippie who hasn’t kept up with the times.

Time passes, and with it comes the norms surrounding communication. While that doesn’t mean you need to copy the colloquialisms you see on TikTok, it does mean we need to be mindful of how things go.

You might innocently ask your boss for a day off with a imploring face emoji, but its dual meaning could imply something inappropriate.

If in doubt, stay away from the pleading face, lest you settle for a disciplined workplace life and for everyone’the hell‘.

And if you’re begging for sex using emojis, please reconsider your methods of seduction.

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