Emoji – we love ’em. The celebrity ones. The celebrity ones where the celebrity doesn’t understand emojis. Emoji for dissing celebrities.Sports star emoji. Mum emoji complete with post-partum mesh underwear. The gun controversy emoji. The $300 Banana Emoji sweatshirts.
There’s even an emoji creation story. And yes, the people saw that the emoji was good.
According to emojipedia.org, these are the most-loved emoji:
? Face With Tears of Joy
❤ Heavy Black Heart
? Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes
◯◯◯◯◯ Olympic Rings
? Smirking Face
? Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes
? Face Throwing a Kiss
? Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
I bet you guessed most of them.
But what about the lost, abandoned, sad emoji that are difficult to use in an ordinary conversation? Aerial tramway, anyone?
Jason Snell, in an admittedly dark mood, decided to scientifically hunt down the least used emoiji.
Here’s the result : the top 10 least-loved emojis.
10. Pager Emoji
Pager is the perfect ironic emoji! It symbolizes a technology that reached its peak before we all had mobile phones – on which to use emoji.
The iemoji website uses over 60 words to try and explain the pager concept to millenials (Most emoji get allotted 10 to 20 words).
The pager handily stands in for for other objects on Twitter.
Tweets featuring the Pager emoji :
— ℳarty-isms (@MartySimms) August 9, 2016
An ipad? Well, maybe
Bestnyee budak yg masuk umk dpt ipad satu sorang ?
— Syazwan Azim (@ewanazim) August 9, 2016
Translated from Malay :
Bestnyee boy Nice in one local umk dpt ipad ?
9. Lock with Ink Pen
From the “what-were-they-thinking” department comes Lock with Ink Pen.
People on Twitter seem to agree.
Emojipedia speculates that it relates to key signing, a term used in digital security.
Tweets featuring the Lock With Ink Pen emoji :
there is no polar bear emoji
(its absence an advance prep for global warming)
but lock with ink pen was definitely a priority ?
huge ? fan
— Matthew Floratos (@matthewfloratos) May 30, 2016
?“money with wings” ah yes v important to emoji that. ?“lock with ink pen” I have a lot of questions ?“pine decoration” this has not helped
— ERWERT (@toomucherin) July 14, 2014
This tweeter succeeded in using it in a sentence
I never stop taking risks–this is ? ? ? (lock with ink pen tv bridge at night) —
— ɐʇsıɹɥɔ ɐuǝɥʇɐ (@wetted_ebooks) July 22, 2014
8. Oncoming Taxi
There’s already a Taxi emoji which gets most of the love.
Though the oncoming one features in quite a few emoji fortunes (right at the end).
Tweets featuring the Oncoming Taxi emoji :
My emoji fortune is ? ? ? (smile mushroom oncoming taxi) — http://t.co/RbxTE83uVD
— Marta C (@MartaC17) June 21, 2014
7. Light Rail
Not a train, tram, suspension railway or monorail, this emoji seems to fall into no man’s land.
Tweets featuring the Light Rail emoji :
Now that the train runs to Santa Monica I need to figure out the proper light rail emoji
Too many fuckin options
— Nick Wiger (@nickwiger) May 20, 2016
This tweeter jumps at a chance to use it
A ? hit the ? today. I’m only tweeting this because when else will I have the opportunity to use the lightrail emoji
— Izzy Kornman (@izzykornman) June 23, 2015
6. Card Index
The emojipedia describes this as “Commonly used for displaying contacts, and their contact details”.
Before computers and cell-phones, that is.
Tweets featuring the card index emoji:
— Rhaneyyyyy (@iRhaneFudgeee) August 9, 2016
This tweeter is now complete
We finally have the card index dividers emoji we’ve all been waiting for.
— Arda Ocal (@ArdaOcalTV) October 23, 2015
You probably know the monorail from Disneyland, Las Vegas or that episode of “The Simpsons”.
Not even tourists who are actually on it seem to use the emoji.
Probably because they don’t know a monorail emoji is a thing!
Tweets featuring the monorail emoji:
departing the web for the night ?
— meys (@meysell) August 6, 2016
— John Walton (@thatjohn) March 22, 2016
Or it can be a robot tripod hug
@Merc_Rustad Congrats!! I couldnt find a robot emoji so pretend this monorail is a tripod robot *hug* ?
— Sarah Neila Elkins (@NeilaK20) March 25, 2016
4. Open Mailbox with Lowered Flag
There are four different emojis for mailboxes, so the box can be open or closed and the flag can be raised or lowered.
Why this is so may forever be a mystery.
Tweets featuring the Open Mailbox With Lowered Flag emoji :
? mailbox with raised flag
? closed mailbox with lowered flag
? open mailbox with raised flag
? open mailbox with lowered flag
— Knick (@dabae_yabeach) July 7, 2014
This tweeter used it in an emoji resume
??? Newspaper carrier
???? Fave babysitter
? Tetris Player
? Switchboard at Eaton
??? University Student
— Jocelyn (@Jocelyn_) August 9, 2016
3. Aerial Tramway
An aerial tramway basically takes you up the side of a mountain or to the far side of the zoo.
So, not a huge amount of uses…
Tweets featuring the Arial Tramway emoji :
— yn (@yunira_nym) August 9, 2016
2. Mountain Cableway
Apparently, there’s also a Mountain Cableway.
Not sure how the Mountain Cableway is different from an Aerial Tramway.
Tweets featuring the Mountain Cableway emoji :
@JesseThorn The need to distinguish between an aerial tramway and a mountain cableway via emoji has saved my life more than once.
— Zack Baker (@quip_qwop) November 12, 2015
The 3 least popular emoji are based on suspended cars:
? Aerial tramway
? Suspension railway
? Mountain cableway
But ☕️ is the only coffee?
— Ethan Mollick (@emollick) April 12, 2016
1. Suspension Railway
Of the 12 – yes, 12 ! -transportation emoji, the Suspension Railway is the least popular.
It’s suspended from the top, like the Aerial Tramway and Mountain Cableway. It’s a light railroad, like the Light Rail. It’s on a single track, like the Monorail! And… nobody cares.
Check out every emoji being used in real-time here.
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Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.