THE THE SKULL EMOJI IN GEN-Z INTERNET SLANG: A STUDY OF ITS USE AS TONE TAG AND PUNCTUATION

Authors

  • Bisera Kostadinovska-Stojchevska
  • Elena Shalevska

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20544/teacher.27.16

Keywords:

emojis, Digital Discourse, gen-z, Internet Slang

Abstract

Emojis are employed to enhance communication in the digital age on the daily. And the digital-natives, the Gen-Zers, seem to be particularly creative when it comes to their use. Recognizing this, this qualitative study examines the evolving use of one particular emoji – the skull emoji, as a tone tag within Gen-Z internet slang. By analyzing various examples from different social media platforms, the paper highlights how this emoji, beyond its conventional representation of death, has been repurposed by this generation of speakers to denote laughter or embarrassment.

The study further argues that the modern use of the skull emoji serves a dual function: it not only signifies humor/awkwardness but also acts as a tool to separate text, thereby being used as a makeshift punctuation mark.

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Published

31.05.2024

How to Cite

Kostadinovska-Stojchevska, B., & Shalevska , E. (2024). THE THE SKULL EMOJI IN GEN-Z INTERNET SLANG: A STUDY OF ITS USE AS TONE TAG AND PUNCTUATION. International Journal of Education Teacher, 27, 124–130. https://doi.org/10.20544/teacher.27.16

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