Poop Emoji Coffee Mug
Poop Emoji Coffee Mug
The pile of poo emoji is also called the poop emoji, dog dirt or smiling poo. On more rare occasions, it’s interpreted as a chocolate ice cream or chocolate chip emoji by people who are either clued into the fact that the swirl of the pile of poo emoji is the exact same as the swirl in the ice cream emoji, or by people who simply don’t realize that this emoji has the word poo in its official Unicode name.
The pile of poo emoji was very popular in Japan before it became international. Its original connotation was whimsical, rather than insulting or vulgar, and referenced a child’s television program. As Takeshi Kishimoto, a Google product manager who worked on the original implementation explained to Fast Company, “It says ‘I don’t like that,’ but softly.”
In 2008, in a departure from the original smiling version of the emoji, Google’s designers crafted a poop emoji that was faceless and had animated flies buzzing around it. This eyeless, smileless iteration lost some of the pile of poo’s signature whimsy, but what it lacked in whimsy, it gained in realism. However, Google added back in the smiling face in 2014 (it had become an industry-wide standard by this point).
The poo emoji has many uses. It can replace the expletive shit in both literal and metaphorical senses. Because of the proliferation of the pile of poo emoji as a substitute for swearing, it has even garnered conversation on the appropriateness of the emoji and if it’s considered NSFW.
Still others use the pile of poo emoji not as a visual variant of shit, but as an indication as to how the tone of a statement should be interpreted. This emotional modifier usually indicates a certain amount of anger, but also passive aggressiveness and annoyance, thanks to the cheerful, smiling face of this particular pile of poo.
That said, the pile of poo emoji does not always carry a negative or passive aggressive tone. On Tumblr, the pile of poo emoji is popular as a hashtag on selfies. One user referred to their selfie as looking like a “polished turd,” indicating a combination of self-mockery and pride in their appearance, and they found this particular emoji satisfactorily expressed that sentiment.