Move over peach emoji, there are some new fruits in town. Fruit symbols have been popping up all over Snapchat, leaving quite a few users staring at their screens in confusion and asking, “What do blueberries mean in Snapchat stories?” Just like the oh so popular peach, each different fruit — be it a cherry, banana, or pineapple — has a secret meaning that’s way more than meets the eye. Just like the blueberry is chock full of antioxidants, social media is overflowing with codes, secret languages, and difficult to decipher acronyms. Most of these shorthands are created and circulated by teens, and the recent rash of tasty fruits posted in Snapchat stories is no exception. So if you're wondering what the heck is going on with all these vitamin-rich emojis, you officially have permission to feel old.
According to the social media blog Wojdylo, the fruit trend began shortly after Christmas day as a way to share one's relationship status over Snapchat. It seems amidst present opening and family time, a group of teenagers home on winter break had ample opportunity to create an entire code based around these healthful emojis. Originally started as a “girls only thing to confuse guys,” the fruit meanings were circulated in a private message that girls were encouraged to forward to their female friends on Snapchat.
Every boy right now on Snapchat trying to figure out why girls posting fruit emojis on their story 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/vPPlfRkrvm— Ꭺ. (@realshanell) December 29, 2016
The game quickly spread, no doubt helped along by the new group messaging feature Snapchat added in December. The sneaky trick worked — the boys were stumped (as were most people over the age of 16).
An entire Reddit thread was started in an attempt to decipher the meanings of the fruit. Reddit user bubblegumwar posted, "All the girls on their story have put fruits such as "blueberry" and "pineapple" but none of us boys can work out what they mean... Anyone else noticing this?" With a little detective work, the boys eventually managed to crack the code, and posted the fruit meanings for all to see. It seems if you see a blueberry on your crush's Snapchat story, you're in luck. According to the updated Reddit thread, posting a blueberry means that you are single. Blueberry and cherry were the first fruits to be used frequently, cherry meaning "in a relationship." One of the original Snapchat messages about fruit was discovered, and confirmed these meanings:
Other fruits with more ambiguous statuses quickly populated people's stories as well, turning Snapchat into a veritable fruit salad. Their meanings go as follows:
Blueberry = Single
Pineapple = Complicated
Raspberry = Don't wanna commit
Cherry = Relationship
Lemon = Want to be single
Apple = Engaged
Raisin = I want to get married to my partner
While most fruits are fairly straightforward, there is some debate over the meaning of banana. According to the post on Snapchat, Banana means married, however, in an ironic twist, the Reddit thread pegged it as “can’t find the right person.” As this code was created by teenagers, I'm inclined to believe Reddit's meaning. However, if you really want to know a person's relationship status, you could always ask instead of relying on fruit symbology.
But then again, I'm old.