In this age of modern hieroglyphics, emojis help express “hothon pe aisee baat jo daba ke chali ayi”. Often misinterpreted and multi-layered with meaning, this system of communication has helped introverts smoothly avoid conversation and extroverts illustrate their already overflowing rush of words.
It has made life colourful and painful at the same time, as your upended smiley might be construed as torture by hanging upside down instead of an abstract expression of cuteness. Let us today explore this quizzical messaging technique by which some men might have professed their love and you completely missed out on that. Vice versa, men be alerted that using these emojis might mean you are sending out signals of pur amore without intending to. Let’s proceed shall we?
The throbbing heart
The aashiq risqué 2.0 will go all out on you with the huge red bobbing heart. Know that he risks his masculinity by choosing to send that very red and very alive heart your way, thus breaking the macho rules of not overexpressing himself. Yes, he is in love.
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Well this is one of the trickier smileys. If your boyfriend is sending you kissing smileys what could that mean? Does that mean he is trying to express his sexual or his emotional urge? Having been enveloped in the “think with their penis” idiom, men are often misunderstood when using this smiley. The common response they receive is the shy monkey covering his eyes or slap hands or lingerie emoticon. Wake up girls he is but writing you a Keats-ian verse through that singular smiley blowing a little heart off its lips. Yes, he is in love.
The brinjal or eggplant emoticon, often followed by a blushing smiley or sometimes boldly by a kissing variant (usually attempted by the more experienced kind), does not demean you to your gender role of cooking him an eggplant casserole. Do not make the mistake of lecturing him on heteronormative conditioning just yet. The eggplant is a curious case of analogy drawn between body parts and vegetables (almost reminiscent of metaphysical conceit). This innocent emoji expresses his desire to make sweet sweet love to you. Yes, he is in love. (If followed by a peach emoji, know that he is silently hinting at an exciting experience and also trying to understand your inclination towards adventure.)
This smiley is simple in the eyes of the inexperienced. Look closely before you come to a conclusion. The smiley depicts two people with a heart in between. Now, in the utopic world of emojis, the world of queer and the heterosexual ego coexist in perfect harmony, hence the male and female are differentiated ever so subtly. The multiple combinations of this emoji include a man and a woman, a man and a man, and a woman and a woman combination. Without close inspection they look the same.
Hence my girl, what you might have so easily construed as his love for you could be his glorious moment of coming out to you. He likes what you like. Yes, he is in love. (Maybe with you, maybe with your crush)
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This is how Tiffany and Tanishq might be losing business in their respective markets. The unemployed and the poorly paid or the majority of the population, cannot be pressurised into the act of spending money for a proposal anymore. No one can deny the innocent cuteness of emojis. With their hypnotic unblinking eyes they have convinced humanity that a smiley can even revive the heart of a puppy (filter) hater. So he drops the emoticon of the ring and then the bride. The message is simple; he wants to marry you in the privacy of WhatsApp encryption. This is forever. Yes, he is in love. If he says as much Without any of the above or any new combination of emojis that the new update brings in, “saying as much” is null and void.