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Vocabulary Learning: Emojis Object Names and Meaning


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“I need to hurry” or “When will you be there?” Timekeeper and status symbol. This Emoji is used in a time-related context, e.g. dates, deadlines, appointments, or delays.

📱 Mobile Phone
This emoji refers less to the mobile phone itself. It is more commonly used in connection with calls: “Pick up the phone!“ or “I need to make a quick call“.

📲 Mobile Phone With Rightwards Arrow at Left
Mobile phone with a pointing arrow. Stands for an incoming call or another action on the mobile phone.

💻 Laptop
Emoji represents the MacBook. Can generally be used in the context of computers or work. “I have to finish this“ or “I want a new laptop“.

⌨‍️ Keyboard
It’s time to write a new chapter! You have been sitting in front of the computer all day, are doing office work or writing something, for example, a book, a blog article, or your thesis. The keyboard can act as a tool or, just like the computer, symbolize one’s talent potential.

🖥 Desktop Computer
Take a look at the screen! In general, stands for working on the computer or computer games. Can also mean “I bought a new computer“.

🖨 Printer
I need to print something! The printer stands for office work in general, for the colleague who again caused a paper jam, or for the technology of 3D printers. And it’s always good to carefully read the fine print.

🖱 Computer Mouse
Emoticon shows a white computer mouse with a three-button operation (Apple only with one button). Can be used for general computer work.

🖲 Trackball
Trackball to operate the computer. Works like a trackpad or a mouse. Often used in connection with computer games or equipment. The chat partner is busy working on the computer.

🕹 Joystick
I want to gamble another round! The joystick of a slot machine in amusement arcades. Generally refers to computers, consoles, and everything that has to do with electronic games.

🗜 Compression
I'll apply a headlock on you! A metal screw clamp with C-clamp symbolizes the pinching of objects or even people.

💽 Mini disk
I found an old Walkman! Once the revolution in sound recordings, the audio and data storage format was discontinued and replaced by MP3 players. The mini-disk was the most common in Japan.

💾 Disk
I will save that! Meanwhile obsolete, but a popular data storage format for the PC from 1970 to the 90s. Symbol of the function “save” in computer programs.

💿 Digital CD
For a long time, the CD was considered the most common way to store data and play music and movies. Almost replaced by streaming technology. Symbolically, it stands for the availability of a huge amount of information.

📀 DVD
We’ve got the movie on DVD! Data storage format for playing movies or music albums. May also refer to Blue Ray or (obsolete) technology in general. A DVD movie could mean that someone needs recreation.

📼 Video Cassette
Let's watch a movie at home tonight. The video cassette is a nostalgic relic from the 80s. Was very popular until the late 90s. The format was replaced by the DVD.

📷 Camera
A new camera is required, shooting is due or the processing of the pictures is still going on. Emoji shows a classic camera that takes pictures. The symbol for shooting, photographers, or photo credit. The camera also stands for one’s memory, it reminds you of stored experiences that you should make use of.

📸 Camera With Flash
Can you take a picture of me? Refers to photography. The fired flash indicates that a picture is being taken. You want to visit a landmark and take pictures there.

📹 Video camera
Someone is watching holiday videos, has made a video of the last night or a new video is being uploaded to social media. In the 80s and 90s, home videos were shot with a video camera. Symbolically, the video camera stands for alertness, the desire for change, self-reflection, objectivity, and changing one's perspective.

🎥 Film Camera
And action! Another part has just been shot! The classic, a professional film camera is used in the context of motion picture films, the film industry, or the filming of broadcasts. The emoji can also be used as an invitation to shoot your own (dirty) film.

📽‍️ Film projector
Roll it! Do you feel like watching a movie? The cinematograph projects a movie onto a screen. Expresses the preference or interest in movies and often serves as an invitation to a cozy evening.

🎞‍️ Filmstrip
Is this reality or just a movie? Incidents are happening like in a movie or someone is a real movie nut! In the past, filmstrips were used for the development of moving images, hence films. From 1930, there was also sound with the pictures. From 1970, most of the films were in color.

📞 Earphone
I am going to call you shortly! The earphone of an old-fashioned, classical landline telephone. Someone is talking on the phone or wants to call the other one. A popular icon in smartphones or graphics for everything around telephony.

☎ Telephone
Someone will call you later, call you back quickly, or has been making phone calls all day. A classic landline telephone. Also serves as a symbol for the phone number.

📟 Pager
It can happen at any moment! Message receiving device used by emergency services. Popular communication tool of the 90s. Emoji may be an invitation to be on call in case an event occurs. Also used for professional standby duty and alertness.

📠 Fax machine
I’ve got news! The common communication device of the 80s and 90s for transferring documents. Is considered old-fashioned, but still used in companies. Symbolically, it stands for trouble-free communication, the establishment of contract, the longing for communication, or something that needs quick settlement and remedy.

📺 TV set
A cozy TV evening is coming up or you are watching a live broadcast such as a football game. Old-fashioned CRT TV, was popular before the introduction of flat-screen TVs in the 90s. Refers to television or the device. The emoji can also be used as a symbol of too easy-going and lazy behavior. You are missing out on many things.

📻 Radio
I just heard it on the radio! An old-fashioned, portable radio for receiving broadcasts or music. Refers to listening to music, news, or sports. Symbolically, it stands for communication, exchange, and knowledge.

🎙‍️ Studio Microphone
The microphone is used for radio or studio recordings. For the radio, for music, or other recordings. The microphone ensures that music or moderation finds its way to many ears. It can be a symbolic indication that you should not keep something to yourself but communicate it in public – even if this is not easy (and perhaps embarrassing).

🎚‍️ Slider
An album is being recorded in the recording studio or you’re having a gig as a DJ. The slider can be used to tune the sound on the mixing console. Can refer to recording or the processing of music as well as music productions.

🎛‍️ Control dial
We are back in the studio! The control dials can be used to adjust the sound on the mixing console. The emoji is related to audio engineering, events, or music productions. May also mean: that I am capable of multitasking!

🧭 Compass
Which direction should I take? The maritime symbol indicates the geographic direction and serves for orientation and navigation. Stands for self-realization and goal-oriented action but also for being rooted at home and for protection during a journey.

⏱‍️ Stopwatch
Someone is stopping the time, wondering how long it will take, or has only got a little time left. The meter measures the time between start and stop. The watch is used, for example, during sports or competitions.

⏲ Timer clock
You haven’t got much time left! The food is almost ready. The timer counts down a preset time. After the time has elapsed, an alarm sounds. Time is almost over! Refers to temporal processes such as time specification or deadlines.

⏰ Alarm Clock
“When shall we meet?” or “Don't forget our date!” The alarm clock often serves as a reminder or to indicate a deadline or urgency.

🕰 Mantel clock
You are old-fashioned! The decorative clock can often be found on a fireplace. The subject of a classic interior design or a rather old-fashioned environment. Symbolic of a conservative attitude.

⌛ Sandglass
The time is up! Timing device since the beginning of the 14th century. Stands for time but also for transience. Someone is too late, the time has passed quickly or you cannot wait any longer.

⏳ Hourglass With Flowing Sand
Time flies ... Represents elapsing time in a particular matter. Can be used as a reminder of something or a warning: “Your time is running out“.

📡 Satellite dish
I've got you on my radar! For receiving radio programs such as radio or television. It's about sending signals and communicating. We receive your voice clearly and distinctly! Can also stand for extraterrestrial life or science fiction.

🔋 Battery
You need to charge your batteries, someone needs a break. Or the opposite is the case: You are bursting with energy! Also notification icon on the phone regarding the battery level.

🔌 Power plug
I need a charge of energy! Refers to the power supply of electrical equipment, to the power outlet, or your physical energy supply. The charging cable was forgotten at home or the electrician is due.

🔩 Bolt And Nut
I'm stuck like a limpet! A metal screw and a matching nut. The emoji is also used in connection with an upcoming repair.

⚙ Gear
Emoji symbolically show that something should be fuelled or set in motion. Can also mean “You wheel me in my life!”

🧱 Brick
Currently, our house is still a construction site! Clay bricks are the oldest building material for building houses or castles. Artificially made stone of fired clay or ceramic. May mean joy and happiness or a new beginning.

💡 Electric Light Bulb
The switched-on light bulb means: It just dawned on me! I have just had a brilliant idea! The issue is now clear. I have understood the matter better.

🔦 Flashlight
The flashlight illuminates dark areas. “There is no electricity“, “You're being X-rayed“, or “I know the truth.“ The emoji is also used to symbolize camping and night walks.

🕯 Candle
Power outage, light a candle (in the church), bring something to light, or romantic dinner. The illuminant with a wick is usually made of wax. Represents enlightenment, awareness, and insight.

🪔 Diya lamp
The oil lamp has its origin in India. The light source in houses but also used ceremonially, in temples, or during the Hindu festival of lights Diwali. An Indian holiday or a trip is coming up.

🧯 Fire extinguisher
It is getting pretty hot or someone is playing with fire. The chat partner needs a cooling-down! The fire extinguisher serves as a precautionary measure to fight against fire.

🛢 Oil barrel
Metal barrel for the storage or transport of oil. The car is leaking oil and must be taken to the garage, you ate too much and feel like a barrel or something is dangerous and can explode in your face like a bursting barrel.

💸 Money With Wings
A stack of banknotes with wings. Chat partner was on a shopping tour and spent a lot. The money just flies away.

💵 Dollar banknote
Bundled stack of banknotes. The dollar is the currency of the United States and an important lead currency. Used in conjunction with money in general and the US. Rap videos are used as an expression of lavish wealth and luxury.

💴 Yen banknote
In 1871, the Japanese currency yen was introduced. The 500 yen coin is the most valuable circulating coin in the world (about 4.20 euros). The emoji represents the country or money and fortune in general.

💶 Euro Banknote
A wad of euro banknotes with package band. The official currency in most European countries. You live in the lap of luxury, spend money like water, or you can have a real good time on vacation.

💷 Pound banknote
Fancy a trip to England? The British pound is the currency of the United Kingdom. Refers to the country, currency, or money in general.

💎 Gem Stone
Diamonds are a girl's best friend. You are important to me and as precious as a diamond. Diamonds are for eternity. Symbol of luxury and wealth.

⚖ Scales
The scales are balanced – both sides weigh the same. It is difficult to come to a decision, neither advantages nor disadvantages predominate. Symbol of Justitia (goddess of justice) and the legal system as well as the zodiac sign Libra.

🧰 Toolbox
I need to call a craftsman or “No problem, I will fix it myself!“ Practical box for storing and transporting a collection of tools. To announce that you are technically skilled and practically-minded, or that you need (professional) help.

🔧 Wrench
The car has to go to the workshop, the leaky faucet has to be repaired or craftsmen are coming to your house. The screwing tool can be found in every tool case. Stands for maintenance, repair, or refers to the profession, e.g. plumber or mechanic.

🪛 Screwdriver
Will you help me assemble the shelf? Mechanical tool for tightening or loosening screws. In a figurative sense, for a connection that needs to be strengthened or loosened.

🔨 Hammer
Using the sled hammer method or hitting the nail on the head. A hammer builds something up or tears it down. Something goes under the hammer, and is auctioned. Symbol of strength.

⚒‍️ Hammer and pick
He's skilled in his craft! Hammer and pick are the traditional tools of the miner. Stands for work in general and for “in operation”. Mining symbol and miner's coat of arms (mallet and iron).

🛠‍️ Hammer and wrench
Something needs to be fixed: the relationship, the roof, or the car! Hammer and wrench can be found in the tool case. A difficult project is being tackled. Stands for manual skills or a profession.

⛏ Pickax
Work tool used by miners, gardeners, or gold diggers. For working on stone, ice, or hard ground. “I'll do it myself!” Icon for video games like Minecraft.

🪚 Hand saw
We build the furniture ourselves! Tool for working wood. Can relate to the carpenter's profession or express manual dexterity. Sawing a tree trunk is a popular wedding game.

🪝 Hook
Are you coming fishing with me? An object for fishing or a device for hanging things. You want something by hook or by crook. Or you hook up with someone or let someone off the hook.

🪜 Ladder
Someone moves up in their job, climbs the job ladder, or is already in a high position. A ladder is used for painting the ceiling, hanging up a lamp, or harvesting fruit. As a warning: whoever climbs high can fall deep.

🔫 Pistol
To hold a pistol to someone's head. Originally presented as a weapon, now appears as a toy gun. The gun can cause great damage. Is posted if someone is very angry or as a threat.

💰 Moneybag
A tightly filled moneybag with a dollar sign. Used very often in well-known comics, such as those of Scrooge McDuck or the Beagle Boys. Caution! If the emoji is used, the conversation is about money.

💳 Credit card
The bill is on me! Have no money on you or make your credit card red hot when shopping. The back of a credit card has a magnetic strip, signature, and security code. May relate to online trading, credit card theft, or payment transactions in general. Furthermore, it symbolizes easy access to resources.

🪙 Coin
“Do you have a few coins for the parking meter?” Or “I'll toss a coin!” A means of payment with mostly low monetary value or commemorative coin as a collector's item. The first finds come from the Mediterranean region around 2,000 BC.

⛓ Chain
Stop yanking my chain! or “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link“. The symbol for things that are interconnected.

🧲 Magnet
You are like a magnet to me! or “The bandmates are babe magnets“. A magnet always has two poles: Opposing poles attract each other, and the same ones repel each other. Someone or something exerts a strong pull.

💣 Bomb
„Let's bomb down the motorway!“, „This place looks like it's been hit by a bomb.“ or „Thanks a bomb“! Emoticon of a bomb that will explode at any moment. Could mean anger or a very tense feeling on the side of the chat partner.

🧨 Fireworks
You are a grenade! or “Beware, explosive!“ Firecrackers or bangers denote the pyrotechnic object that produces a bang. Fireworks for New Year's Eve, signal ammunition, or artistic performances (stage bang).

🪓 Ax
We need firewood! Tool for chopping or splitting wood and cutting trees. The emoji for nature boys, horror films, or a layoff (he got the ax).

🔪 Japanese Kitchen Knife
A Hocho is a Japanese kitchen knife. Used for mincing food. You are belligerent or something is terrifying. Known idioms are e.g. “to get one's knife out“ in disputes or “to stab someone in the back“ in betrayal.

🗡‍️ Dagger
Attack or defense! Thrusting weapon with a blade sharpened on both sides. Often in connection with the Middle Ages or fantasy. Someone is sharp-sighted or fighting at the sharp end.

⚔‍️ Crossed swords
Don’t come too close! In the past, the sword was a weapon but also a status symbol. The crossed swords can stand for a battle or war, either in real life or in a computer game, for instance. They also symbolize that someone prefers the direct route or a friend died in the war.

🛡 Shield
We must protect ourselves! The buckler emoji conveys protection and security. This symbol can often be found with antivirus software.

🪤 Mousetrap
I love the Tom & Jerry cartoons! Classic trap with a piece of cheese. As a warning not to fall into someone's trap. Colloquially for a space from which there is no escape.

🪦 Headstone
We're going to the cemetery! To commemorate the dead and to mark their resting place. As a reminder of a loved one or an expression of condolences. Jokingly or as a warning to be careful and watch out.

🚬 Cigarette
“I'm going to have a smoke” or “I'm nervous.” The cigarette is a symbol of enjoyment of life and inspiration. Can also mean that smoking is permitted here.

⚰ Coffin
Rest in peace! Can indicate a case of death in the family or the circle of friends. In addition, it symbolizes the valediction of things long gone. I almost died laughing.

⚱ Urn
The receptacle that contains the ashes of a deceased person. Can stand for bereavement but also your current mood. In chats also (jokingly) used as a threat of what will happen if the other person does not comply with a request.

🏺 Amphora
A holiday in Greece is just around the corner, you are interested in the ancient world or would like to go shopping for some decorations! The jug with a narrow neck is an antique vase and a unit of measurement. The amphora holds about 26 liters. The name originates from Greek and means jug with two handles.

🔮 Crystal Ball
What will happen? The crystal ball symbolizes supernatural perceptions. Is used to look ahead and predict the future.

📿 Prayer Beads
A prayer chain, is used by many religions. Stands for prayer, meditation, or religious spirituality.

🧿 Nazar amulet
Someone is superstitious or is going to Turkey on vacation. A relationship or a person is toxic. The blue, eye-shaped amulet can be found in oriental countries. It is believed to ward off the evil eye, which brings mischief. I send this emoji right after my friend's name with a heart symbol.

💈 Barber pole
I have to go to the barbershop! The rotating red-white-blue cylinder is the barbers’ craft symbol. Located at the entrance of an American barbershop. A barber is mainly responsible for the hair of the beard. The emoji is mostly used in the context of shaving.

⚗ Alembic
Glass vessel with the long downward neck. Used by chemists to distill liquids. Can mean that someone loves experiments or is brewing something.

🔭 Telescope
We are watching you! A telescope allows us to observe far away things. In seafaring, for observing wild animals or stars or distant planets in an observatory. Can stand for clairvoyance.

🔬 Microscope
I will look carefully at the details! Possible fraud or deceit is exposed. Used in school or a laboratory. Often related to science and research.

🕳 Hole
A deep, black hole means: I am very embarrassed about something and feel awkward. I just want to sink into a hole right now.

🩹 Adhesive bandage
I hurt myself! For wound care for injuries and basic equipment in the first aid kit. Something or someone serves as a consolation, that is, reparation or satisfaction.

🩺 Stethoscope
Please remove your top! Distinguishing feature of the doctor. Medical instrument for listening to the heart, lungs, or internal organs. A doctor's appointment or a visit to the hospital is due, someone has fallen ill or is training to be a nurse.

💊 Pill
Swallow the bitter pill. The symbol for medicine: I'm not feeling well! Represents illness or indisposition.

💉 Syringe
A syringe with reddish contents. Can mean: I have to go to the doctor (blood test). Also used as a symbol for drug consumption.

🩸 Drop of blood
“He cut his finger”, “We're going to donate blood” or “I have my monthlies”! The body fluid is a symbol of life. Something is defended to the last drop of blood.

🦠 Microbe
Beware, contagious or “Biology is my favorite subject“. The microbe is the short form of microorganism. Among the microscopic creatures are, e.g. bacteria, fungi and viruses. Most microorganisms are useful and only a few cause disease.

🧬 DNA double helix
We want a baby! Greatly enlarged, the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) looks like a twisted rope ladder. It is located in every single cell of a living being and contains genetic information (genes). The symbol for genetics, evolution, and life.

🧫 Petri dish
Biology is my favorite subject or “I have a bacterial infection”. Flat, round, transparent dish with a lid, mostly used in chemistry, biology, or medicine. For the cultivation of microorganisms or cell cultures.

🧪 Test tube
You had better not dare any experiments or “There is good chemistry between the two of us“. The small tubes made of glass are open on one side and are used in laboratories. Represents chemistry lessons, experiments, or tests.

🌡‍️ Thermometer
It’s getting warm or you don’t feel well, maybe you developed a fever. The meter determines temperatures, e.g. of the body but also of the air. Can also provide information about the emotional state or the temperament of the sender. Often associated with passion and desire.

🧹 Broom
He is as daft as a brush, “New brooms sweep clean“ or “I got the brush-off”. The cleaning instrument brings order (to the house, to your life) and it sweeps away rubbish and dirt (or worries). Symbol of superstition and magic, e.g. the witches' broom.

🧺 Basket
The ballplayer made a basket, “Let's have a picnic“ or “I have to wash my clothes“. The braided basket is mostly made of wood and used for storage, protection, or transport.

🪣 Bucket
He kicked the bucket! The household item for storage, for transporting items, or as an aid for cleaning the floor. You might need some assistance, e.g. with carrying things.

🧻 Paper roll
Go shopping, please, or “You can wipe your butt with it“. Be it kitchen rolls, toilet paper, or paper towels – mostly intended for single use and serving for cleaning and hygiene.

🚽 Toilet
I'm in the john, don't disturb me! or “He is joyriding the porcelain bus.“ November 19 of each year is World Toilet Day. Approximately 60% of the world's population does not have a toilet at home.

🪠 Plunger
We have to call the plumber! Clogged drains can be fixed with the tool by alternately generating positive and negative pressure. Someone doesn't want to get their hands dirty. May relate to the profession or household incidents.

🚰 Potable water
The faucet in the bathroom is dripping, you drink a glass of water to quench your thirst or the plants have to be watered. The tap, often with a full glass, is the symbol of drinking water. From a psychological point of view, the everyday object stands for the control and regulation of emotions.

🚿 Shower
I'll take a quick shower! To cleanse the body or conscience – dirt or feelings of guilt are washed off. Also to cool down your mind: you urgently need a cold shower!

🛁 Bathtub
A hot bath is so relaxing at the end of the day! Place of personal hygiene but also to rest your mind. Bathtubs have been used for more than 3000 years.

🛀 Person taking a bath
Relaxing in the bathtub with candlelight, a book, or a glass of wine after a busy day. The status symbol for luxury. A place for purification and body care or relaxation.

🪞 Mirror
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? In fairy tales, the mirror often has a magical meaning. Symbol of self-awareness (“hold up the mirror to someone”). A person is superficial or narcissistic and too self-confident.

🧼 Bar of soap
You are watching your favorite soap opera or want to whitewash your reputation. Soap is mainly used for body cleansing. Represents cleanliness and hygiene.

🧽 Sponge
Sponge on others or throw in the sponge. The sponge is used for washing and cleaning the home, the body, or the car.

🪒 Razor
“He has a beard now” or “I have to go to the barber again”! Old fashioned razor for trimming hair on the face or head. On average, men spend around 3,300 hours shaving.

🪥 Toothbrush
I have an appointment at the dentists! Related to dental health and oral hygiene. 3000 BC, a chewing stick was used to clean the teeth. In 1500 there were toothbrushes with bristles in China. As a subtle hint to someone with bad breath.

🧴 Lotion bottle
I have to go to the drugstore or “Let's have a spa day again“. The pump bottle may contain various lotions, e.g. moisturizing cream for your hands and the body, or sunscreen. Represents body care, pampering, and well-being.

🛎 Service bell
I need your attention now! The bell is often found at an unoccupied reception, e.g. in a hotel. Ringing it will alert the staff. Emoji symbolizes the expectation and is a call for support.

🔑 Key
The golden key as an object: “I need my keys” or “Do not forget your keys”. Symbolic meaning: “This is very important!”

🗝 Antique Key
A decorated old key that can be used to open chests or antique doors. Has more symbolic meaning, and can also be used in the context of fairy tales and stories.

🚪 Door
Knock, knock... anyone at home? Metaphorically for the transition into a new phase of life or the end: “New doors are opening” or “I'm leaving you!” My door is always open for you, you are ready to talk or you close the door behind you forever.

🪑 Chair
First, sit down! It’s been a hard day, you want to rest. Or as an invitation to calm down. You’re about to move home, helpers are needed or you have to buy seating furniture. The back hurts from sitting too much.

🛋 Couch and lamp
It's always best at home! A cozy TV evening is coming up or the new couch is so comfortable that you don't even want to leave it. In connection with coziness, resting, or lazing around.

🛏 Bed
I am confined to bed or “It's time to go to bed“. The cozy bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture. It represents rest, relaxation, and sleep.

🛌 Sleep accommodation
We still have to look for a place to sleep! Symbol of a sleep accommodation, e.g. a guesthouse or a hotel. Can also refer to the bedroom or everything around sleep.

🪟 Window
That’s just window-dressing! The window is slightly open, the curtains are blowing in the wind and the sun is shining in. Looking dreamily out of the window, letting your eyes travel, daydreaming. Symbolic of the connection between the inside of the house and the world outside.

🧸 Teddy bear
The stuffed animal is a popular toy for children and a childhood companion. The cuddly teddy bear is a symbol of nostalgia, beautiful memories as well as security and protection.

🖼 Framed Picture
This work of art in the frame can point to the photo of a person or that the chat partner is going to take photos. Also used to indicate art or a visit to the museum.

🛍 Shopping bags
Let's go shopping! The city stroll was successful, the credit card is still burning. Women love shopping, which is often annoying for men. May also relate to clothing, food, or other consumer goods.

🛒 Shopping cart
I'm in the supermarket right now! The weekend shopping has yet to be done. Refers to shopping, mostly for groceries. Icon for a shopping cart when shopping online.

🎁 Wrapped present
Congratulations! Be it at Christmas, for a birthday, or other occasions: Gifts are usually delivered beautifully wrapped and with a bow. Can refer to the gift itself or a special occasion, such as a wedding.

🔖 Bookmark
The bookmark flags the last read page in a book. Means: I am done with reading. The emoji is also known as a price label.

🗿 Moai
Moai are stone figures on Easter Island. There is also such a statue in Tokyo. Serve as the connecting link to the hereafter. They represent traveling, the miracles of the world, and the myths of mankind.

🎈 Balloon
Let's be happy and have fun! The red balloon is a symbol of joy. Can also symbolize your uniqueness.

🏮 Izakaya Paper Lantern
Traditional Japanese Izakaya lantern. These lanterns are often found at the front door of traditional Japanese restaurants. The emoji can be understood as an invitation.

🎀 Ribbon
A bow is typically used to decorate and beautify something, such as a gift. The pink ribbon stands for femininity and romance or girlishness. Also known as a symbol for the knowledge of breast cancer.

🎊 Confetti Ball
Congratulations! Symbol of all kinds of celebration: from birthday to the wedding to New Year's Eve. At the end of the event, a confetti ball has opened, and colorful confetti is falling out: let's a party! Expression of joy, fun, and community.

🎉 Party Popper
Happy Birthday! The confetti bomb explodes in a fountain of paper streamers and confetti. A party might be in progress or someone has been successful and is very happy about something. Someone who always brings you joy.

🎎 Japanese Dolls
At the annual unofficial Japanese holiday, Hina-Matsuri (girls' festival) dolls are set up. They are meant to banish evil spirits and bring the girls good health as well as luck with their mate choice. Symbol of Japan.

🎐 Wind Chime
The Japanese wind chime (Furin) made of glass is a symbol of summer. In light wind delicate tones sound. Not just a decoration, but a lucky charm in Asia. Used in Feng Shui to maximize chi and life energy.

🧧 Red gift envelope
I wish for money for my birthday! At Chinese festivals or weddings, people almost always present gifts of money in red envelopes (Hong Bao). Symbol of prosperity, destiny, and happiness.

✉ Envelope
A closed envelope stands for receiving or sending e-mails, messages, or a letter. “I received a message“ or “I have to write an e-mail“.

📩 Envelope with down arrow at the top
Pay attention to what's in the message! Usually refers to electronic messages and stands before the email address. The symbol for a sent email or note on the content of a specific message.

📨 Incoming envelope
The letter just arrived! In the office, the incoming mail is often collected in an in-tray or box. Refers to (business) letters, mail, or the sending of messages.

📧 Email
You have got mail! The symbol for the email, recognizable by the @ sign. The emoji serves as a request to read the emails or as an indication to transmit something electronically.

💌 Love Letter
The white envelope, sealed with a heart, contains a love letter. With a heartfelt message. Symbolizes love and romance. Expresses affection or invites to a date.

📥 Inbox
I'm almost done with the documents! The incoming mail is collected in the inbox for further processing. The emoji represents downloads or incoming emails. Often serves as an indication from the other party to check the received messages.

📤 Outbox
The paperwork is done for today or business letters still need to be processed. A tray or basket for filing or the outbox. As an icon on the computer for uploading or sharing files. Is also used as a symbol for sent messages.

📦 Parcel
“Being part and parcel of something” or “The parcel is being delivered!” A gift is on the way, an online order has been made or someone packed things for a move. A package can mean both pleasant and unpleasant messages.

🏷 Label
Glued or pinned information sign. Provides information on content, price, expiration date, etc. for goods or items. You can also 'label' people and place them in a specific category, e.g. superficial.

🪧 Placard
The demo is on the weekend! Something is advertised or announced on placards. Used by protesters to express what they are in favor of or disapprove of. Attention please, an important message is being delivered!

📪 Closed mailbox with lowered flag
I’m expecting your letter! For the residents, the lowered flag means that no mail has been delivered. The postman does not have to take any mail with him. In the US, the mailbox is used to receive and send letters.

📫 Closed mailbox with raised flag
The letter must get out today! In the US, mailboxes are not just for receiving but also for sending mail. The raised flag shows the postman that he should take mailable letters with him.

📭 Open mailbox with lowered flag
“I'm waiting for your message” or “You never write to me!” The lowered flag means that no mail arrived today. The outgoing mail was already taken by the postman.

📬 Open mailbox with raised flag
Your letter arrived today! The raised flag shows that there is mail or should be taken by the postman. The emoji can be used for mail-in general or the sending and receiving of messages.

📮 Mailbox
Did you drop the letter? A mailbox contains letters for distribution. Introduced in the 19th century. The news is on the way! Used in connection with mail or correspondence.

📯 Post horn
“The mail has arrived” or “There is important news!” The symbol for the post, e.g. on mailboxes or at post offices. The post horn was used by stagecoach drivers as a signal instrument in the early Middle Ages.

📜 Scroll
I have something to announce! Labeled and rolled up papyrus scroll or pell. A typical book form, the successor of the clay tablet and predecessor of the codex (labeled wood or wax tablets). Once a symbol of education. The scroll is often associated with surprises, agreements, adaptability as well as life experience and growth.

📃 Sheet with rolled-up edge
“The document has arrived” or “We'll soon get the school certificates!” The printed sheet of paper is rolled up at the bottom. Could be an official document or letter.

📄 Sheet with typeface upwards
You have to fill this in! Printed document with rolled-up edge or dog ear. Can refer to a letter, book, or orientation (face up!).

📑 Page marker
“This one is important” or “I need to learn for the exam”. Be it in the office or while studying: Most colored sticky notes mark important passages in a document or fields for the signature. Symbolic indication of an urgent event.

🧾 Sales Receipt
I paid my dues! “Can you pick up the bill for me?“ or “I have to exchange those jeans again“. The receipt serves as proof that a product or service has been purchased or paid for.

📊 Bar Chart
Charts can be used to visualize information. They are usually clearer than text and are used for comparison: the higher the bar, the larger the number. Can be used in conjunction with school or work.

📈 Chart With Uptrend
A line chart helps to show developments over time. For stocks or finances, an uptrend is a good sign. Also: the business is going well. Can generally be used to signal: Things are looking up!

📉 Chart with downwards trend
The financial prospects are less good! The diagram shows a falling trend over some time. Generally seen as negative. The stock price or even your mood is going down.

🗒 Spiral notebook
I always have my notepad with me! Offers space for shopping lists, thoughts, to-do's, sketches, and everyday notes. Nothing can be forgotten anymore. Symbolic for journalism or education.

🗓 Spiral calendar
I’ll enter it in the family planner! Calendar with spiral binding, mostly with a compact monthly overview. Reminds you of important dates and helps you plan.

📅 Calendar
Please save the date! A date on a calendar sheet. Symbolic for an upcoming event or a commemoration day. Planning begins or the monthly calendar is already very full.

📆 Tear off the calendar
I’m counting the days! The calendar not only reminds you of the current date but also helps you plan your appointments. The time flies by! The date shown is WhatsApp’s founding day.

🗑 Wastepaper basket
That's rubbish! A trash can for paper trash is often found in offices. A message or a plan immediately ends up in the trash. The folder for deleted files on computers.

📇 Index card holder
I am on a business trip! Business cards can be organized alphabetically in an index card holder. Often in a business context, with networks or contacts. Desk utensils in offices.

🗃 Index card box
A tidy mind is half the battle! The multi-colored index card tabs to sort and organize documents in the box. You are included in a card index as a customer or patient or you’re learning for school or university with the help of the cards.

🗳‍️ Ballot box with the ballot paper
“I have made my choice”, “The ballot will be soon” or “Go and vote!” The emoji is used in connection with politics and governments or as approval for a statement/idea. It also illustrates inner conflicts, decisions, the sense of justice, and the trust in people.

🗄‍️ File cabinet
I keep that under lock and key! Important documents can be stored in a lockable cabinet. Old files are dug out again or a secret is kept safe!

📋 Clipboard
Too many things to do! The clipboard allows you to take notes. Serves as a firm writing surface for appointments outside the office, for example for doctors or mechanics.

📁 Folder
Paperwork on end! The folder with papers or correspondence is in the filing cabinet in the office. Filing has to be done and organized, documents must be archived. The icon on computers for a file folder.

📂 Open file folder
The desk needs to be tidied up or someone is looking for a file on the computer. Documents are stored in a file folder, whether in the office or on the computer. Used in connection with filing, organization, or work.

🗂 Card index dividers
Muddle makes trouble! The dividers help organize documents and quickly find what you need. Refers to computer files, office work, accounting, or college.

🗞‍️ Rolled-up newspaper
“Has the newspaper already arrived?” or “Do you have any new information?” Can refer to a side job, the distribution of newspapers, breaking news, and publications, or journalism as a career aspiration.

📰 Newspaper
There is news! Printed product or Internet magazine. Refers to news, the media, or journalism. The first newspaper was released in 1605 in Strasbourg. Symbolically, it refers to knowledge, revelations, possibilities, and dangers as well as to the public.

📓 Notebook
I need to take that down! Be it checklists, thoughts, appointments, or ideas – the book sorts the notes so you won’t forget them. It is also used as a clue to tackle untidiness and forgetfulness.

📔 Notebook with decorative cover
I found an old diary! The blank pages of the bound book can be filled with notes or sketches. The decorative cover may indicate a diary or a notebook. The emoji could also be a reminder of an event.

📒 Ledger
“The documents must be brought to the tax accountant” or “I have to do the bookkeeping!” All business transactions in the company are listed in the general ledger. Refers to the profession of an accountant, bookkeeping, or finances.

📕 Closed book
You are a bookworm! Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, the book is almost finished or the book circle is going to meet up. The symbol for knowledge, culture, and education.

📗 Green book
Can I have the notes? The bound notebook is used in connection with reading, writing, learning, or education. Homework for school needs to be done or something must be prepared for the university or work.

📚 Books
What am I trying to find out? Where can I find the information? The stack of books is growing. Someone in the library or the bookstore has to study or do something for school/university. Refers to reading in general, to literature and education. Books symbolize the quest for knowledge and the ability to learn from the opinions and experiences of others.

📖 Opened book
“I just cannot put the book down” or “He's an open book to me!” Refers to reading as such or to a book. Popular emoji of the bookworm. Could also be a hint to get to the bottom of something.

🧷 Safety pin
My pants are ripped! The safety pin is the savior in distress. Has been helping to close clothes for thousands of years. Was the diaper holder and precursor of the brooch. Jewelry in the punk scene and symbol of solidarity.

🔗 Chain links
I feel very connected to you! Two links in a silver chain. Icon for a link to a website. There is a strong romantic or social and inseparable bond.

📎 Paper clip
Paperwork is so boring! The paper clip holds papers together for better clarity or organization. Invented in Oslo in 1866. The icon in mail programs for adding an attachment.

🖇‍️ Linked paper clips
Nothing can separate us! Paper clips hold documents together. They can also be used to reset electronic devices, remove SIM cards, pick locks, or clean fingernails. It means being in a relationship.

📐 Set square
Math is my favorite subject! The geometry triangle helps with drawing figures and measuring lengths and angles. Stands for accuracy and a mathematical or technical understanding.

📏 Ruler
I have to remeasure! A ruler is used to draw straight lines or to measure distances. The oldest ruler comes from India and is over 4000 years old. In connection with school or work, e.g. architectural draftsman.

🧮 Abacus
I have to calculate that first! The board with the sliding pieces serves as a calculation help for children today. Allows you to perform the basic arithmetic operation. Was widespread in the Middle Ages.

📌 Pushpin
I'll remember this idea! Sticky notes can be attached to a pinboard with push pins. Something important should be kept in mind!

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