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Show HN: One Click Shrug Emoji Copy (copyshrugemoji.com)
47 points by davidjnelson 5 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 48 comments

I did this years ago with http://shrugdude.com/ and look ma, no ads.

I didn't even realise there were ads on it. uBlock for the win!

http://shrug.es/ : look ma, no unnecessary styling ;)

That's not an emoji.

Otherwise I think these are oddly a good idea. I used to make frequent use of unicodesnowmanforyou.com to get my ️snowman emojis (I'd add one but hn does not permit). Would hardly be able to justify the domain registration expense though.

Correct. In Japan, the term for a picture of a face made of multiple characters is kaomoji (顔文字: "face characters"), not emoji (絵文字: "picture character(s)").

These related words also exist:

スマイリー (sumairii/smiley: could be kaomoji or emoji, I think)

エモーティコン (emoochikon/emoticon)

フェイスマーク (feisumaaku/"face mark").

That is absolutely an emoji. The term predates their inclusion in Unicode.

It's absolutely not an emoji. At best, it's an emoticon.

> Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji comes from Japanese e (絵, "picture") + moji (文字, "character"). The resemblance to the English words emotion and emoticon is purely coincidental.

Emoji specifically refers to these 'pictures' that were definitely transmitted via Unicode, originating in the 90s from Japan.

> For NTT DoCoMo's i-mode, each emoji is drawn on a 12×12 pixel grid. When transmitted, emoji symbols are specified as a two-byte sequence, in the private-use range E63E through E757 in the Unicode character space, or F89F through F9FC for Shift JIS.

As you pointed out, this predates the Unicode standard that we have now, but there is still a very distinct difference between emoticons (which this is) and emojis (which this definitely isn't)

I believe these text based characters are called emoticons whereas an emoji is an image.

Well, then I was absolutely wrong.


I believe you did that on purpose, good sir, so you had an excuse to shrug.

I've noticed more an more people using emojis to encompass the little text drawings, so I think we're actually in the middle of shifting usage.



> Users from Japan popularized a kind of emoticon called kaomoji (顔文字; lit. 顔(kao)=face, 文字(moji)=character(s)) that can be understood without tilting one's head to the left.

Interesting. So more accurately, this is a kaomoji.

I hate to break it to you, but this has already been done, and more extensively too: https://textfac.es

That's a cool site. I find it a bit busy browsing it on my iphone though.

I find http://dongerlist.com/ a much better resource

I honestly thinks that the CIA's own list (https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_17760284.html) is the best one.

I don't understand why neither site uses accessible text for the emoticon. I think they're text but sealed by css/html from text highlighting for the "copy to clipboard" action. What if I only want part of the emoticon? What if I want to find the one I want (in textfac.es) by using my browser find?


Had I not set up a keyboard shortcut for this a week ago, I would've been using your site at least a dozen times a day.

Clean and functional. Well done!

Thanks! I got tired of googling it every time, and was annoyed I had to fumble around with manual copy and paste on my iphone.

It's official: HN has become completely reduced to reddit


Wow, cool advertisements. I’m glad they made an impression on me.

What advertisements? I don't see any.


On both Mac and iPhone I’ve set &shrug to convert to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I use it all the time.

I'm using word "dunno" for that.

Look of Disapproval is a Chrome extension (not mine) featuring multiple Unicode reactions, all of them disappointed.


Slight variation: we can sub "shi" for "tsu" for a different look. Also, hiragana "ji", preceded by an extra dakuten mark:

Original: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

s/ツ/シ/: ¯\_(シ)_/¯

s/ツ/゛じ/: ¯\_(゛じ)_/¯

I keep this and ascii nyan-cat at the bottom of my todo.txt file that's always open as the first tab in a sublime window, so I get it by

cmd+tab cmd+1 cmd+f '\_'cmd+left shift+cmd+right cmd+c

Which seems like a lot of keypresses, but being entirely keyboard and mostly cmd, it's surprisingly muscle-memory friendly.

Do you really need so many calls to external domains, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, just to let me copy a couple of characters? This looks like it was built and posted here just to cheaply harvest a couple of ad impressions.

For the Alfred users out there, this [1] workflow gives you this and a handful of other kaomoji with a single chord

[1]: https://github.com/luxflux/alfred-workflows

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ brings back memories of SeleCT and Starcraft 2's early days. sup son?

Cool idea!

I'm not sure I could use it. The paranoid part of me will always imagine it copying 'rm -rf /' and me accidentally pasting that into a terminal one day

Don’t a lot of systems have built in protection against that now so that a user is forced to confirm?

https://textfac.es is my favourite version of this

FYI: The Google keyboard for iOS automatically suggests this emoticon when you type "Shrug" (sans quotes obvs)

-\_(">)_/- ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Does one thing and does it well

Thanks, glad you like it!

Check your twitter share link, Its not including the site url.

Huh, seems fine. I get:

Copy the Shrug Emoji ‾\_(ツ)_/‾ https://copyshrugemoji.com/

Then I tweet it to twitter and can click through fine. What OS/browser are you on?

oh snap, thanks for the heads up.



I really miss my APL terminal....¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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