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Emojis and Relationship Titles Plague Contact Names

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Phone Contact List—Google defines an “emoji” as a “small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication.” For Generation X, the emoji has become a hallmark of expression when it comes to personal relationships. The emoji’s awesome power can be best witnessed in what experts have heeded as the modern Little Black Book: the iPhone Contact List. The safe haven for all biddies, baddies, and baes is in the palm of the consumer’s hand. With the expiration of the rolodex, there was a surging demand for a new system of categorization Vis a Vis the emoji chapter of labelling contacts. The ultimate covert wingman (or wing-woman) for the navigation of that daunting catalogue of potential baes is the use of clever titles within a contact name, usually followed by an emoji (or five). Experts weigh in on the subject, reassuring modern singles that the use of a relationship title within a Contact Name is not limited to exclusive/monogamous relationships. Experts site relationships within a loosely framed setting, covering all bases of personal interaction, including but not limited to “pizza bae,” “thot from hookah bar,” “big booty Judy” (which is usually followed by that conspicuous peach emoji), and “baddie with the dreads.” Between emojis and relationship titles within Contact Lists, contemporary singles are armed and ready for the new dating field. Let the games begin, and remember to practice safety—you can’t have pizza bae catching feelings out here.

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August 21, 2015

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Rosewater Rosewater is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Leadership and Management minor at American University. Her passion for education encourages her love of teaching and learning from others. She uses humor and creativity to push back against elitism in higher academia—often infusing pop culture references to make heady concepts more digestible. She advocates for urban youth’s accessibility to political and social justice concepts, with an ultimate goal of fervently improving urban development. She is committed to her dream of founding a national non-profit to expand resource accessibility to low income housing residents. As a writer and graphic illustrator for The Collard, she enjoys weaving ratchet politics and everyday happenings together for the modern millennial’s entertainment and education.


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