A man was shocked to learn what the pleading sad eyes emoji - you know the one that we mean - isn't puppy eyes or anything else you might have thought it was, but actually may contain a reference to Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist.
Yup, if you type in 'please sir', this is what will come up.
The emoji, which shows the classic yellow face with tears in its eyes, has since attracted quite a bit of attention after people started to realise what it actually means.
It was all started when a TikTok user called Louis Levanti discovered a tweet from Zach Silberberg that went viral after he revealed the bizarre link between the Apple iPhone and Dickens - Victorian Britain's most popular author.
That tweet read: "Finding out that the keyboard shortcut for [the sad emoji] is 'please sir' ruined my day."
Levanti filmed a TikTok video reacting to this strange news and put the theory to the test.
In the video, which has since been viewed more than five million times - proving that very few people had figured this out before - Levanti said: "I did not need to wake up to this tweet saying that is what you type to get that emoji!!
"It f***ing can't be. Who the f*** at Apple is responsible for this?"
OK, maybe he's a little bit too angry about this whole thing. It's only an emoji at the end of the day.
However, his rage appears to have been getting through to people, as the video has been liked more than one million times and received almost 60,000 comments.
It seems as if the word 'sir' in the title, rather than referring to the Oliver Twist connection, has rubbed some folks up the wrong way.
One such comment read: "Tried it with Ma'am and it didn't work... smells toxic."
Another person said: "Someone at Apple is about to get CANCELLED."
However, a third person - who seems to get it a bit more - added: "Pretty sure it's a reference to Oliver Twist when he holds up his bowl and asks for more food, 'please sir may I have some more'... FOOD."
The original poster didn't seem to get it, though, as he replied: "I don't think emoji was being that clever, probably just a coincidence."
So, there you have it, maybe there's a dark patriarchal conspiracy behind the whole set of emojis, or maybe they contain more references to literature.
Perhaps it doesn't matter at all, as they're only silly little faces. Who can say?
Featured Image Credit: Emojipedia
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