Emojis are one of the most popular forms of communication in today’s world, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. They’ve become so popular that they are being used to describe all sorts of emotions, from love to excitement.
You may not think that emojis can be used to describe people’s feelings when looking forward to the future, but they certainly encapsulate your feelings in the past.
Here are our top 5 picks to describe 2021:
1. Octopus emoji for Squid Game
Known for its stunning visuals and compelling story, Squid Game dominated every social media platform in the later half of 2021. Thus, the octopus emoji became a symbol for people to use online when referencing the show.
So when 2022 comes, you’ll know a certain post is from 2021 upon seeing this emoji. Although it’s funny noting how people immediately went for the octopus emoji instead of the actual squid emoji. Potato; potato?
2. The WFH combo
2021 came with a lot of downsides but working from home was apparently not one of them. Once people experienced the joys of this lifestyle, there was no going back for some of them.
A huge chunk of the population is refusing to work on-site again. And are opting to invest in a work-from-home setup as their main office.
One of the biggest factors for this trend is the amount of freedom people experience. Including the part where they don’t have to wear pants.
3. Eye-lips-eye: The shookt combo
This combo has a long history—and packs a lot of meaning, too. One of the earliest tweets of this combo was posted in 2015 but overall, was commonly used throughout 2020 and 2021.
It’s used to express a wide range of emotions. Mostly shock, disgust, or confusion. For a lot of 2020 and 2021 posts, you’ll find it attached to a recording of a bizarre, funny, or cringey video online.
4. Mask emoji
As the world recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, major cities from all over the world discontinued using masks. Everyone was glad to say goodbye to the restricting feeling it brought. But there are a few who feel better by still wearing it outside.
This emoji was often used to signify a sense of wariness and carefulness. Most importantly, it’s a symbol that tells us that the war against the deadly virus isn’t completely over yet.
5. Butter emoji
Hint: It’s a song by a South Korean pop group that’s known internationally. But why is it important?
Because it was recently performed at the AMAs as BTS bagged three major awards. Making BTS the first Asian artists to receive the Artist of the Year award from the American Music Awards.
It’s a big moment as Americans embrace the mainstream art of different cultures. And their winning moment melted many hearts indeed.
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