Re: Curly Lips Code Point Proposal

From: Garth Wallace <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:37:10 -0800

On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 9:12 AM, Leonardo Boiko <>

> I find it curious that this community defines the ":3" emoji as "mmmm" or
> "om nom nom". In my circles it's quite the frequent emoticon/emoji, but
> I've never seen it used this way.

I can kind of see how someone might get that impression. For example,
someone writing "om nom nom :3", and somebody who is unfamiliar with the
smiley's usage interpreting the meanings as linked, when the intent was
originally to express "I'm being silly".

> Instead, they usually employ it as "cat mouth" or "cat face", implying
> the mood of cuteness, perkiness or mischievousness. (This is distinct from
> U+1F431 CAT FACE in that it represents a human making a cat-like mouth, not
> an actual cat.) Here are a few images found through a web search for "cat
> face":
> ​
I think the expression from manga and anime is probably the origin of the
smiley. That's consistent with the communities and contexts where it's
found most often. And the "catlike expression" I think is meant to be more
metaphorical, rather than a depiction of an actual facial expression. Like
how 💢 is not meant to be an actual throbbing vein in the forehead.

:3-5.jpg :3-1.jpg
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