Emoji are shameless and could use more shame

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WORD IN THE HAND: SHAMEFACED

Emoji are shameless and could use more shame

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

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.”..

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