Confused by TikTok’s ‘Emoji Translator’ trend? You’re not alone James Haikney2022-02-25T09:32:18+00:00
Let’s face it: TikTok isn’t exactly easy to understand. With its own style of humour, its own culture, and a mind-boggling number of communities, the number one app for Gen Z can leave even millennials flummoxed. So be thankful that we’re here to explain one of TikTok’s latest trends: the Emoji Translator.
Interestingly, the trend isn’t exactly new. While it might feel like TikTok is still cutting edge in the app world – and many will still remember its 2017 rebrand from musical.ly – it’s already seeing trends circle back around. Think mullets being big in the 80s, ending up getting ridiculed, and then returning as a semi-ironic fashion statement. The ’emoji translator’ first trended in early 2021, so it might well become an annual tradition.
The ’emoji translator’ first trended in early 2021, so it might well become an annual tradition…
So what’s an ’emoji translator’? We all know that in the world of quickfire, image-led communication, the emoji is king. That’s led to the development of several apps that claim to be able to translate English into exclusively pictorial form (effectively serving as Google translate from Emoji to English). There are several translators you can download for free on the app store right now. That said, translating to and from emoji-speak is hardly a perfect process.
Here’s what might surprise you: that’s the magic of the emoji translator trend. Rather than awkward translations being a monkey wrench in the works, they’re the crux of what’s made the trend so popular. TikTokkers are taking niche words and phrases (like character names from My Hero Academia), plugging them into a translator, re-translating, and sharing the wonky results. My Hero Academia’s Shoto Todoroki