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What is an emo? or an emo guy?

Are there any emos out there? What does it mean to be one? I have seen the term tossed around on here and I have no idea what it means.


I'm not trying to be offensive. I don't know anyone like that. When I was in school, over 12 years ago, there were goths but I guess emos weren't around or weren't named yet. I knew people who cut themselves but I didn't judge them. I just was wondering what it meant. I have kids who will be in high school in the blink of an eye and I try to keep track of what they are in for. Happy New Year!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Emo is a term that originated as an abbreviation of "emotional hardcore," but is now broadly used to describe almost any form of guitar-driven alternative rock that expresses emotions beyond traditional punks's limited emotional palette of alienation and rage. The abbreviation has increasingly come to stand for emotional, as the links between modern usage of the term and the original genre have become more and more tenuous. There is also an emphasis on fashion and "the scene" amongst people following emo.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lol emo!! Perfect cause i have a nickname as an emo cause well i do lol my rs account are emo_kid7 and like that!! SO what is an emo in my words:

    A very emotional person that does not like to joke around he/she might like to be alone in the quiet listening to emo music (which is fine). But emos also have the rep of cutting themselves.. some do yes but dont be all judge mental about them.. i am friends with 7 emos and i am still a prep lol!! Why i started hanging out with them cause i really do think emos undertand people better!! I have found out they dont do cutting when they have firends.. i think we should all hug an emo!! Lol heard that?? Well its true hug one... !! Emos... are my firends... also they might dress in all black!! Emos is not a nice word to call people it is very judge mental!! Lol! Well i hope that helps if not e-mail me at!! There is an e-mail below decribing it in another persons words!!

    PS: i forgot about the emo guy lol!! Emo guy wear usually tight jeans or black jeans.. I say there hot lol!!



  • 1 decade ago

    Emo was a type of underground Emotional hardcore rock music (emocore) that was prevalent during the mid 90's. It is categorized by performers getting overly emotional during a song--overly raged, pissing and vomitting on fans.(no joke) But today emo music is heading more mainstream and not so much emotional anymore, sometimes its just another way to categorize indie rock.

    If you want to be EMO then listen to Dance Dance by fall out boy and slit your wrist. Or you can also try fifty cent - in da club.

  • 1 decade ago

    Emo stands for "emotional." It's a label for people who are really moody and often dress in black. They are often confused with "Goths," but the two groups are different because, well, emos are more emotional... sometimes they cut themselves, and they are (or try to be) depressed. It's another clique/label.

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  • 1 decade ago

    emo is a style of music that is derived from punk. it's short for emotion. It involves allot about complaining why girls wont go out with guys that like to cry.

    how many emo guys does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    screw em let him cry in the dark

  • 1 decade ago

    i had no idea what it meant either! basically, its a person who's emotions change alot. that can be like sad or upset or very happy. and by that defition, i am an emo. but its gotten contorted to mean mega-punk and almost goth or transgender.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They have a few problems with depression or they want to be noticed, normally they have really tight pants, awesome hair, sometimes with different colors, ummm... normally some vans slip ons or skateboarding shoes, ummm yeah and they wear alot of wristbands and sometimes cut themselves....but theyre pretty cool if you get to know them

  • 1 decade ago

    Emo is short for emotional. Also they are sad and hate their life and their environment.

    Source(s): My brother and me.
  • 1 decade ago

    It's depressed, emotional people who are one step below Goths.

  • 1 decade ago

    An emo is a loser who expects sympathy from people.

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