WORD IN THE HAND: SHAMEFACED
Emoji are shameless and could use more shame
A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd
So this week someone asked me why there isn’t a better embarrassed emoji, which I thought was a perfectly legitimate question.
There’s that shocked, big-eyed face which I interpret as “someone very shocked with big eyes” and there are two “blushing” emojis, with varying sizes of smile and fluttery eyelashes, which seem to me to say in a pleased sort of way: “Aw gee whiz, you mean ME?”
Then there is the hands-over-its-eyes (or mouth, or ears) monkey emoji, which doesn’t really speak of embarrassment. It says, according to the see-no-evil-etc trope: “I wish I’d never seen, heard or said that.”..