What Those Emojis Really Mean

Emojis – they’re everywhere now.  Hell, they even made an entire movie about them.  Now your boss and coworkers are using them endlessly in text, email and Slack.  But do you know what those emojis really mean? Let’s take a look at some of the more popular ones and show you their true meanings…

Smiley Face

“I’m trying to end this conversation in the politest way possible.”


Clapping Hands Emoji

“Millennials want more feedback so let me give you feedback you don’t deserve with an emoji that shows I’m cool and understand your generation.  Great job!”

Eye Roll

Eye Roll Emoji

“Maybe I’ll tell you over drinks sometimes.”

Thumbs up

 Thumbs Up Emoji

“I can only type the word “ok” in an email so much, so I’m using this thumbs up.”

Ghost Face

Ghost Face Emoji

“I’m amazed at how easily you’ve all f’ed up this entire project.  It’s impressive.”


Poo Emoji

“I may be smiling on the outside, but this entire project is a steaming pile of poo.”

Face Palm

Facepalm Emoji

“I work with idiots.  Just tons and tons of idiots. Guess this is what a philosophy degree gets you.”

Speak no evil monkey

Speak No Evil Emjoi

“I’m not ratting out Brenda who finished all the non-dairy, organic, non-GMO almond milk.  But we all know who it was.”


Shrug Emoji

“I don’t know.  Stop asking me.  I don’t even know why I’m cc’ed on this email.”

About the author

Terence Morley

Budding workplace humorist, writer, reader, golfer, craft beer fan, native New Yorker and now suburban Jersey dad.

Observer of all humor - intended and not - in the corporate world.

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