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Dictionary.com expands its coverage to the intricacies of horny emoji use

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Never again will you have to—to pull an example that definitely didn’t come from the real life experiences of any A.V. Club writers we might know—calmly turn to your mom and say, “It means the dick” when she asks you what this eggplant emoji thing is all about, because dictionary.com is here to help. The lexicographic web site is finally moving past the realm of words, introducing an online dictionary of emojis. Including that rascally, tumescent eggplant, which, in the site’s own words, “is commonly used to represent the penis.”

The site isn’t content to just leave its explanations at that, though; it also offers up some aubergine etymology, informing readers that, “According to ‘Among the New Words,’ a quarterly article in the journal American Speech, the eggplant emoji was used on Twitter to mean ‘penis’ as early as 2011.” (Were we ever so young?)


That’s not all, either; the site offers up thoughtful, calmly written explanations of all the horniest emojis, including the OK sign (“It can stand in for the word OK or the OK hand gesture, communicate strong approval, mark sarcasm, or combine with other emoji to represent sex”) and the ever-useful sweat droplets (“Used to depict sexual fluids…The combination of these emoji tells a story about sex acts, particularly what the writer wants to do, or have done to them.”) (In this case, the writer wants to have maybe not read these robotic, clinical descriptions of sexy emoji use, but not even the dictionary can solve every problem of our increasingly thirsty modern lives.)

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