Say what? Emojis and text talk decoded for parents


With over 2000 emojis out there, it's no surprise that teens have assigned some questionable connotations to certain ones. 

Kids, am I right? 

We parents are just over here, mindlessly using these emojis with the purest intentions, of course.

Are there any emojis you've been misusing? Send us your comments and we could publish them. Do let us know if you'd like to remain anonymous. 

Don't feel bad if you've been misusing these emojis or not knew their connotations, we're here to learn! 

Here's are some of the emojis that are not exactly what they seem:

Peach emoji

peach emoji


Eggplant emoji

WhatsApp emoji

You know. 

Melon emoji

WhatsApp emoji



WhatsApp emoji


"Okay" and pointing

WhatsApp emoji WhatsApp emoji

Sexual intercourse

Banana and donut 

WhatsApp emoji WhatsApp emoji

Also sexual intercourse

Tongue out emoji

WhatsApp emoji

"Thirsty" or lustful

Smiling devil emoji

whatsapp emoji

Sexually aroused

Fist and sweat droplets

WhatsApp emoji  WhatsApp emoji


Cancer symbol

WhatsApp emoji

A particular sex position...

Eye emoji

WhatsApp emoji

"You're looking good or hot or sexy" 

Fire emoji

WhatsApp emoji

Also "you're looking good or hot or sexy"

Leaf emoji

WhatsApp emoji

Marijuana, weed.

Palm tree emoji

WhatsApp emoji

Also marijuana, weed.

Pill emoji

WhatsApp emoji


Syringe emoji 

WhatsApp emoji

Tattoo or drugs

Snowflake emoji

WhatsApp emoji


Corn emoji

WhatsApp emoji


(Phew, finally an innocent one) 

Emojis via Emojipedia

Also see: What your children really think about your WhatsApp chain messages, videos and memes

While you're here, you might as well dive deeper into the world of teen texting by learning some of these abbreviations and shorthands:

brb: Be right back

bts: Behind the scenes

btw: By the way

ftw: For the win (that's good)

gr8: Great

hud/hyd: How are you doing?

icymi: In case you missed it

idc: I don't care

idk: I don't know

ikr: I know right

ily: I love you

ilysm: I love you so much

imo: In my opinion 

imy: I miss you

imysm: I miss you so much

irl: In real life

jk: Just kidding

l8r: Later

lmao: Laugh my ass off

lol: Laugh out loud

loml: Love of my life

m8: Mate

ngl: Not gonna lie

nsfw: Not safe for work

nvm: Never mind

omg: Oh my gosh*

omw: On my way/oh my word

pls: Please

ppl: People

Also see: Do you really know what your kid's doing on that smartphone?

rly: Really

smh: Shaking my head

srsly: Seriously

sry: Sorry

stfu: Shut the freak* up

tbh: To be honest

tm: Tomorrow

tmi: Too much information

tn: Tonight

tnx: thanks

ttyl: Talk to you later

ty: Thank you

v: Very

wyd: What are you doing?

Chat back:

Are there any emojis you've been misusing? Send us your comments and we could publish them. Do let us know if you'd like to remain anonymous. 

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