The “If I Text You” Meme Explained

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The iPhone has a built in emoji database of some 2,000 different characters that people use to spice up their text conversations. It’s a modern version of hieroglyphics and is just as fun to use. Not everyone uses emojis exactly the same. The intended meaning of an Emoji may be affected by different contexts. Which is the basis of the “If I text you” meme.

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The heart of the “If I text you meme” lies in everyone’s individual emoji usage.

For example, take the “thumbs up” character. If someone texts you saying they’re ready to go by 6:45, and you want to respond with a thumbs up emoji, it’s possible to reply with a thumbs up emoji. This emoji works well if you are asked about your favorite finger.

Emoji Toys

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However, if you’re upset that your significant other hasn’t reached out to you in a while and they start texting you with some type of excuse as to why they didn’t and you’re still angry with them, you might send a passive-aggressive thumbs-up emoji in order to signify that you aren’t exactly thrilled with your current relationship dynamic.

The latest meme trend is for people to come up with their favorite jokes or references that emphasize their emoji usage.

This is the ‘Emperor’s New Groove’ reference.

Source: Twitter | @Browtweaten

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Some folks reference their favorite songs.

Source: Twitter | @waxbitches

OMG I can hear this in my head.

Source: Twitter | @perlhack

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It could be a reference to an incredible sketch.

Source: Twitter | @yeeeeerika

Others, the Jersey Shore.

Source: Twitter | @hellotefi

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Pennywise the Clown would be proud of this one. You could also text 99.

Source: Twitter | @jadamahh

Phil Collins’ ‘Tarzan’ soundtrack goes THAT hard.

Source: Twitter | @sad_oat

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Even known pro athletes are getting in on it.

Source: Twitter | @chrisbosh

Some are quite specific/explicit.

Source: Twitter | @baddestdoni

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Some underplay our truest emotions.

Source: Twitter | @Jordann205_

This is from New Jersey’s official government account.

Source: Twitter | @NJGov

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At least they gave fair warning.

Source: Twitter | @its_tiidoo

Guitars always have been very versatile instruments.

Source: Twitter | @Jameca2011

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Oh man…

Source: Twitter | @FahrodHayes

Horrifying.

Source: Twitter | @Xxxxxxhu26

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It’s always the ones with the awful mics.

Source: Twitter | @discord

Does Arby’s count?

Source: Twitter | @apiscesincrises

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Puntastic.

Source: Twitter | @_super_bass

For those who know, know.

Source: Twitter | @TazxTaz_

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Lemurs don’t get enough love.

Source: Twitter | @DukeLemurCenter

“Baby, I’ll get a mound of dirt and put it in the nicest glass enclosure and I’d take care of you forever.”

Source: Twitter | @karegii

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Hear that, egg-head?!

Source: Twitter | @1Tyon

I thought you wanted to go bowling?!

Source: Twitter | @|Gpapiedrey

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I thought that was an otter for a second.

Source: Twitter | @julstevens

Very important for the impending vampire human war.

Source: Twitter | @oops_iBGd_again

It’s not surprising that this meme caught on: over 10 billion emojis are sent each and every day, with 92% of smartphone/online users implementing the short-hand form of communication in their regular written communication. What are your favourite emojis? And what are their hidden meanings.