[Ads-l] Twitter emoji

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 3 13:20:57 EDT 2017


Mashables today has an article titled "The real meaning of all those emoji in Twitter handles” by Sasha Lekach with the following e-mojis:

rose = democratic socialist
snowflake = special, fragile, hypersensitive—but also unique and strong in numbers (see my post today on the reclamation of “snowflake”)
Lady Liberty = pro-immigration
glass of milk = member of the alt-right/a white nationalist
Syrian flag = alt-right, MAGA (Make America Great Again) supporter, Syrian, Syrian supporter
paper clip = a substitute emoji for the safety pin to show solidarity for hate crime and harassment vicitms
globe = globalist

We can probably expect various linguistic phenomena to apply, such as the morphologization of the heart symbol (“I heart New York”).

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
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