Rafi Hume '27
The origin of the “nerd emoji” begins all the way back in the 1900s. The nerd emoji was created to closely resemble the common school nerd stereotypes from the mid 1900s until now. The word “nerd” dates back to 1951 as a synonym or connotation for “drip” or “square”. The term was further popularized by the 1970s sitcom Happy Days. The term has been coined to the stereotypes of large, thick-lensed glasses (sometimes taped together), acne, braces/headgear, pants worn high above the waist, pocket protectors, suspenders, tightly combed hair, and bowties.
The nerd emoji, created in 2015, has become very popular in the past few years. This odd resurfacing is similar to that of other emojis. The skull emoji has similarly experienced a rise in usage over the past year. Originally a simple skull used around Halloween, it has now skyrocketed in use and popularity as a substitute for the “laughing-crying emoji”. It is closely associated with the phrase “I’m dying of laughter." Some examples of the use of the skull emoji: “Bro that was so funny 💀," “I’m dead💀," or simply just “💀."
The nerd emoji’s predominant usage has been to insult others, usually a statement someone has made. For example, if someone is in a debate with another individual, and one person creates a political or scientific argument, the other could simply counter their argument by using the nerd emoji, destroying the original individual’s morale and ego. Putting the emoji into use is quite straightforward. Taking the example from above, say someone makes a long, thought out, and put-together argument with many facts and sources. To put the emoji into use, one simply takes the other individual’s statement, copies it, puts it into quotation marks, and then places the nerd emoji at the end. Another way to use the nerd emoji with the example above is to just send the emoji itself with no text. Both methods have a similar result in embarrassing your online opponent.
Above is a real, online example of the nerd emoji in use between these two fine gentlemen.
Overall, the use of the nerd emoji has become madly popularized over the past year. Its usage has created many humorous trends and posts and continues to do so. Hopefully, the nerd emojis will stay away from this article…