When is an eggplant, not an eggplant? When is a peach, not a peach? When teens use anagrams and emojis to send coded messages for more than the laughing/crying face reaction to a good punchline. Some secret emoji messages are used to intimidate, bully, harass or ask for dirty pics. And then there are the emojis used for sexting.
Think you know the basics? That the hot dog and the taco are not fast food items when used for sexting? Well, you’d be right. But there’s more. Click “next” to check out the hidden meaning behind emojis used for sexting.
Emojis 1 – 7: A Man’s Genitalia
A common male “junk” reference is the eggplant.
Other emojis used to represent male genitals:
- Chicken (obviously)
Man’s Genitalia (continued)
There are some non-organic items used to refer to a guy’s penis as well. They include:
8-11: A Woman’s Genitalia
Besides the taco, popular emojis used for woman’s genitalia are:
- Honey pot
12-14: The Bootie
“I like big [peaches] and I cannot lie!” You get the point. Like the eggplant, this is probably one of the most commonly recognized naughty emojis.
Other items used in place of the word “butt”:
- Moons (of course)
15-18: Women’s Breasts
“Everything I see reminds me of her.” Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun, as he sees a dual-domed nuclear power plant.
Other items that represent a woman’s breasts include:
- Toasting beer mugs
19-20: Sexual Intercourse (part 1)
Using multiple emojis together, such as the pointed finger and the “okay” hand sign, indicate having sex. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Most of you knew this one by the time you hit elementary school. However, then things got creative (or kids just didn’t know how the body worked) with this next set.
The pointed finger and hot dog emojis also symbolize sexual intercourse. Strange, but true. The pointed finger and taco emojis make more sense. But the ultimate lesson here is that if the finger pointing emoji is visible, check out what’s next to it and let your naughty imagination do the work.
One fun trick? Show your kid the emoji, ask them to explain it to you, and watch them squirm.
21-24: Sexual Intercourse (part 3)
Single emojis such as the train in the tunnel (obviously), mailbox (get inside the “box”), camel (to hump), or the roller coaster (To go for a ride? We’re not 100% clear on that one.) are also commonly used to indicate sex.
The fist emoji by itself indicates masturbation.
The first emoji followed by the eggplant (hot dog, taco, etc.) stands for manual stimulation — as in, someone is going to do it for you.
Other forms of sexual contact can be represented by a combination of hand and any object emoji on this list combined together.
27: Oral Sex (part 1)
When it comes to emojis used for sexting, this one seems pretty obvious — but context is everything. The tongue emoji in combination with objects such as the eggplant, donut, taco or peach represents specific oral sex. That said, it doesn’t have to be so specific, either. Just the tongue indicates being ready for oral anything.
28-29: Oral Sex (part 2)
Other stand alone emojis for oral sex include the lollipop and the “oh-face” emoji.
30: Climax / Orgasm
Drops of water aren’t about the weather here. It’s the climax we are talking about. (But you probably knew that one already.) Can be combined with any other emoji in this list.
Why Parents Need to Crack the Emoji Code
Many of these might start out shocking, surprising, or even off-putting. Most make sense when you take a closer look. The most important fact to keep in mind is whether or not you think your teen knows how emojis are used to text illicit messages.
Chances are, they know more than you think. I asked my teen and I can vouch for that last statement.
Websites like Emojipedia and Emoji Translate can help crack the code of hidden messages and emojis. So do our posts on secret text messages and new teen slang. Don’t convince yourself that your kid isn’t aware. They are and you should be too.