The language of schoolgirl slang has probably always seemed like a secret world to outsiders. You want to be cool enough to text with your daughter without breaking out a slang dictionary, but the reality is that if you’re old enough to have a teenage daughter, you’re probably not a digital native. The highest tech conversation tool you had at her age may have been the rotary phone hanging in the kitchen or a cool set of walkie-talkies.
Did you ever have anything like the 3,000 plus official emoji icons your daughter now routinely uses to communicate with her friends? Nope! So let’s be honest here: sometimes you might need a little help decoding these mystery messages. Here’s the definitive guide to understanding what the heck your girl means when she texts you a message with these five emojis.
1. Colorful Hearts
“I am happy with you! You have done something to please me, and I appreciate it. But you are my mom, and I won’t use a red heart to imply deep love, because that would be gross!”
2. Puppy Face
This sweet little doggy sticking its tongue out has two popular meanings, and it’s up to you to figure out which one your daughter is aiming for. Meaning A: “I’ve done something to annoy you and I know it, but look how cute I am!” Meaning B: “Can we get a dog, please? Come on, look how cute I am!”
3. Pepperoni Pizza
“Mom, I love your cooking. Of course I love having frozen lasagna and salad for dinner three nights in a row. But you must be so tired! Let’s give you a break, and order pizza. It’s for your sake, I swear.”
4. Shrugging Lady
“How was school? Fine, I dunno. What happened? What did I learn? I dunno, stuff. Normal stuff. God, leave me alone. Whatever.”
5. Tears of Joy or Laughter
This one is tricky. It’s incredibly popular among the schoolgirl crowd, but boy does context matter. You’ll have to read the situation and figure out if she means “Oh Mom, you’re so funny. You said or did something I really appreciate, and now we’re sharing a moment!” Or “OMG Mom, you are so clueless. I can’t believe you are such a dork. I’m laughing at you, not with you.”
As you can see, these five emojis, which represent some of the most used among young girls, can have different meanings. They are delivering good news or ridicule. Do you want to make sure you’re on the receiving end of a genuine heart or smiley face? Surprise your little daughter with some official emoji brand accessories from Townleygirl, and help her express herself in a fun way. You’ll be the "cool mom" in no time.