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Whether It Was a Bad Date or a Love Connection, Here’s What Emoji to Text the Next Day

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a well-constructed emoji stream is worth a whole novel. But how can you be sure you’re speaking the international language of Japanese pictographs fluently? We’re here to guide you, with Emoji Prescription.

Your first date with a new potential is over and you have one incoming text. You need to respond, but how? With emojis, of course.

Scenario:

“I had fun and want to see her again.”

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This text sends her an illustration of you, happy at your desk daydreaming of her. The hands pray to lay eyes on her “again.”

Scenario:

“I am not sure I’m into this but I like to keep a dude on the line for self-esteem reasons.”

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This is just random, and ambiguously sexual enough to send someone as a half-assed attempt at innocuous communication. It says hello but doesn’t leave you vulnerable if it’s ignored because well, it didn’t warrant much of a response in the first place.

Scenario:

“I’m afraid she might come to my house and kill me and I am in the process of changing my name and burning off my fingerprints.”

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Feign death: “I’m actually already dead, so uh, peace out. You may wanna look for another victim – I mean, date.”

Scenario:

“I may have jumped the gun thinking I was ready for a rebound but I’ll drop a line when I’m ready to start dating again.”

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Idioms make for fun emojis. A broken heart means “still not ready for a rebound.” The little man running + “up!” = jump and looks like an early videogame maneuver. The fishing pole is “drop a line” and the clock until thumbs up to new love means “when I’m ready to start dating again.”

Scenario:

“I want him to know I’m interested while still playing it cool.”

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First of all, use playful pink hearts, not red love hearts. Second, this is the kissing emoji that doesn’t have squinty eyes or rosy cheeks. Sends a kiss that’s flirtatious, cool, and confident.

Scenario:

“He really just didn’t do it for me but I want to let him down easy.”

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What says, “don’t get mad” like an apologetic smile-grimace? This clearly reads, “I just don’t think there’s a love connection here.”

Scenario:

“I really only see a recreational future for us.”

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The mischievous devil with a crystal ball will make your intentions for the future clear.  And if it doesn’t, hopefully a bunch of emoji innuendo will.