With more than 2,800 emoji available to smartphone users, it’s not surprising a few—like the infamous eggplant 🍆—caused a stir over the years.
Now one of the 158 new digital images released by Apple with iOS 12.1 on October 30 produced mixed reactions from users.
People aren’t quite sure what the facial expression means.
The “woozy” face emoji was part of the new release and has created a discussion on Twitter about what it is trying to convey.
Can someone please explain this emoji to me. https://t.co/NCec6abZuY— ₯ (@₯)1541029940.0
The emoji, looking almost between a grimace and a blush, is described officially as “woozy.”
Emojipedia explains it is a “face which may be showing signs of being tired and emotional, i.e. drunk”. Others are interpreting it as anything from a stroke to biting your tongue accidentally.
Twitter users tried to guess what the face could mean.
@007dpz “Hi, I am having a stroke. Can you call 911 for me? Thank you very much.” https://t.co/QlSximAxtE— My Work Here Is Done 🇺🇸 (@My Work Here Is Done 🇺🇸)1541120000.0
when you use a qtip for your ears... it does something https://t.co/OOoY0JpvR2— T (@T)1541040278.0
when you bite your tongue eating something you love https://t.co/dmrJGoMxk8— ˗ˏˋ tony ˎˊ˗ (@˗ˏˋ tony ˎˊ˗)1541103604.0
when all your pending transactions hit you all at once https://t.co/DEsAfcuFgL— lewis aitken ☃️ (@lewis aitken ☃️)1541105107.0
@007dpz Anyone else see this? https://t.co/1vziE4Alja— Dianna Cowern (@Dianna Cowern)1541115868.0
@Scardicus_ @007dpz That was exactly what I was thinking...— Ginger Snap (@Ginger Snap)1541112837.0
@007dpz https://t.co/empizqqIuo— 💰 (@💰)1541118515.0
While others have already put the emoji to good use.
@007dpz Azealia Banks on Wild N Out https://t.co/UmE7O77w8I— PETTYPENDAH👻 (@PETTYPENDAH👻)1541089127.0
@OfficialJoelF https://t.co/yod2oOGSte— Dr. Carbo™ (@Dr. Carbo™)1540988633.0
@007dpz https://t.co/jicYrWJwl3— Wukong (@Wukong)1541046897.0
And others simply feel Apple have run out of good emoji ideas.
I think we've run out of emoji ideas https://t.co/DcQt2JS34K— Sam Biddle (@Sam Biddle)1540925846.0
Along with the update, users now have access to new graphics including redheads, people with curly hair, a softball, skateboard, mango, bagel and kangaroo emoji.
New emojis on apple iOS 12.1 👏🏻 https://t.co/BFY292qg93— ألمَخلُوق ألإستِثنائي™ (@ألمَخلُوق ألإستِثنائي™ )1540925602.0
thank you apple for blessing us with these new emojis🙏🏼🙏🏼i’ve always wanted a leg🦵 https://t.co/2F0snEUkkV— emma🦋 (@emma🦋)1541157955.0
When Apple gives us new emojis...we created a whole storyline for some of these. Oof @Chylee15 https://t.co/Uyz6CjboHo— aaron burr, sir 📜 (@aaron burr, sir 📜)1541140466.0
The flag representing the United Nations was also added.
@Apple why is there no @UN flag #emoji 🇺🇳 in #iOS? #politicsofemoji #LeaveNoOneBehind https://t.co/BRt1oV7ziq— Sarah Bressan (@Sarah Bressan)1519405380.0
The emoji had been previously approved but hadn’t been available on iOS until this update.
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.