The Origin of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Shrug Emoji)

How to type the Shrug Emoji

Shrug Emoji was created by Caroline Eisenmann, a young assistant at a New York literary agency. The shruggie or “smugshrug,” as it is sometimes called, is what’s known as a “kaomoji,” or “face mark” in Japanese. Eisenmann created the unique emoji for her OkCupid (free online dating app) profile. It was rejected by OkCupid.

It was supposed to be something “frivolous”, but “slightly melancholic.” So this smile was created, depicting an ironically smiling man, spreading with his arms.

How to type the Shrug Emoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in two seconds flat.

Mac

1. Copy “¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2. Go to System Preferences

3. Click Keyboard

4. Press Text

5. In the Replace box, type “shrug”

6. In the With box, paste “¯\_(ツ)_/¯

iPhone

1. Copy “¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2. Go to Settings

3. Press General

4. Tap Keyboard

5. Choose Text Replacement

6. Select the “+” button

7. In the Shortcut field, type “shrug”

8. In the Phrase field, paste “¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Android

1. Copy “¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2. Go to Settings

3. Press Language & Input

4. Tap For All Languages

5. Select the “+” button

6. In the Shortcut field, type “shrug”

7. In the Type a Word field, paste ”¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Windows

Unfortunately, Windows doesn’t have an autocorrect feature.