The 100 points symbol: This is basically a more creative version of a thumbs up, OK gesture, or happy face, conveying an affirmative response in an enthusiastic way. That's three of the most popular Emojis condensed into one.
The see-no-evil monkey: Whether you're embarrassed, disgusted, or just generally beside yourself with emotion, this guy will do the trick. It's one cute-as-hell catch-all.
The worried face: Okay so this is technically a "worried" expression, but it's vague enough to cover a wide spectrum of not-so-great feelings. Concerned sympathy? Check. Stunned hatred? Also check.
The information desk person: She may be egregiously misnamed, but this woman -- who appears to be tossing her hair or generally doling out sass more than answering any information desk person-related questions -- would serve as the perfect wildcard in this deck of 'cons. To be used sparingly, and wisely.
The raised hands in celebration: This hallelujah is a go-to move for extreme happiness, praise, applause, pride, and appreciation. It's the obvious response to any text suggesting brunch.
I stand behind these picks, but I'm not going to pretend like I'm some infallible Emoji-whisperer. There's room for interpretation here, so I polled some of my colleagues to see what they'd pick, and why. Could we live in a world without the eggplant? What about black Santa? These are the questions of our time!