Emojis. This is a topic we really can’t take seriously. Or should we? I mean, we need to take it somewhat seriously. In my post Part 1: How To Correctly Use Emojis I discussed the basics of how to use emojis correctly. Today, I’m going to be digging deeper into the roots of emojis to get to core issues like…*drum roll*… how to use emojis with different punctuation.
First off: Using emojis with a question or exclamation mark.
This is a major issue in the world of emojis. One way people use it is: “Dude, did you lose your phone? 😬” This could be the “properest” way to do it (I just made that word up, and I’m trying to help you guys with grammar. Trust me guys, I know what I’m doing). This is also the way to do it with exclamation marks. If you put it inside the question, it would have a totally different feel to it: “Dude, did you lose your phone 😬?” When I see this, it reads that the texter is questioning the emoji. The actual sentence feels more like a statement in the form of a question. I know this may be hard to grasp. If so, read it a few times and try it out.
Secondly: Using emojis with more than one period.
Something like this: “Yes… well, maybe… I don’t know… 🤷🏼♂️” I know in Part 1 I said to never put emojis after periods, but in this case, it works. To put the emoji before the period doesn’t flow correctly: “Yes… well, maybe… I don’t know 🤷🏼♂️…” The flow in that sentence just isn’t right. I mean, it could work, but the first example is stronger.
Let’s sum up everything we’ve discussed in both Part 1 and Part 2 of How To Use Emojis Correctly. In Part 1, I explained to you how the emoji should replace the period and have a space on both sides in between two sentences. In this post, I showed you how to use emojis with a question and exclamation marks correctly. I also showed you how to properly use emojis with more than one period.
Another thing I should mention is what emojis are used for. As you probably know, emojis are used to show emotion. (Surprisingly, the resemblance of the words emoji and emotion is a complete coincidence.) Back to my point, emojis are used to express a feeling. Let’s use the emoji “😢” for example. I use this emoji to get people to sympathize with me. Of course, I use it sarcastically, but normally people don’t realize that, so it works 99% of the time. Also, the emoji “😂” represents, “Ha!” So, if you use this emoji multiple times it is portraying something is quite funny. (Just thought I should make sure you guys knew that.)
I hope the posts I have written on this subject help all of those who need help with emoji grammar. Especially the parents 😉 If you apply this to your texts, you won’t embarrass your kids.