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Okay, so there are two very different definitions for the label 'emo'.

First version (usually used by non-emos): Emos are attention seekers who live regular lives like every other teenager in Britain but cannot handle the strain as well as everyone else. They say that they are individuals, yet listen to ‘emo music’, hang out in ‘emo groups’ and buy ‘emo clothes’ with their pocket money. They hang out in dark rooms generally ignoring the happy things in life and talk about how depressed they are all the time. Most lie about cutting themselves in order for people to feel sorry for them without actually experiencing any pain at all. Others do it as an ‘initiation’ ceremony in order to become fully emo. ‘Cutting’ is a fad – what on earth does it help? You feel sad, so you cut yourself to make you feel… better? They don’t appreciate what they have, and do not realise how bad other peoples' lives are in comparison to their own. Emo is just an ever-increasingly popular ‘group’ which people want to be part of. It is a group for kids without an identity, looking for a bit of melodrama and ‘deeper levels of understanding’. To be honest, the kids who REALLY have a life not worth living aren’t even in the emo club – they just try to get through each day until it gets better.

Second version (usually used by TRUE emos – i.e. those who actually have a reason to be depressed): Kids who have had the misfortune to go through circumstances which are incredibly depressing. For example, parental divorce, death of a loved one, and loneliness. They listen to music which explains how they feel, enjoy hanging around with people who understand how they feel, and buy clothes that express to the world about how they feel. Only some kids cut themselves. Cutting can become addictive, and it distracts from the inner pain. It can be hard when youre labelled in the street because of what you wear, and can sometimes make depression worse. Being a ‘half-emo’ can also mean that you just like black and emo clothes and haircuts, and enjoy gigs and mosh pits. Some people that you like because theyre genuinely nice people, could be emo, and fun to hang around with.

Nearly every single teenager has wanted some form of attention or feeling of belonging at some time or other, and being emo could be the solution to some. Don’t hate people because of what they are labelled. Get to know them – they may be more like you than you think.
Person: 'Hey dude, look over there, some damn emos with their black hoodies and weird hair... jeez man theyre such attention seekers'
Friend: 'Err... you own a black hoodie, and all they've done is grown their hair long, man.'
Person:'Umm... oh be quiet, fool'

Cheerleader:'Oh my god, that girl is like, SOO weird - she is like, always DEPRESSED and shit!'
Friend:'Weren't you crying on the phone to me the other night because your boyfriend dumped you? You seemed pretty depressed then...'
Cheerleader:'Oh shuttup'
by abi_yeah April 20, 2007

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emo is a music genre.
not a type of person.
people that listen to emo music have just created a stereotype for themselves which is kinda stupid considering they want to 'stand out'.
person 1: OMG you're emo!!!
person 2: OMG you're drum n bass!!!
by o0o0oo August 07, 2007

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Music-Like goth, but not so hardcore, more emotion, usually sad or depressing, sometimes hope is there.

SubCulture-Like goth, but not so evil or dark, emotional, sometimes socially awkward and depressed (not all emos cut)
EMO GUY/GIRL
13+up
Black leather jacket or t-shirt
loose, long and/or dark hair
tight pants, usually black (optional)
gloves, usually black, with the finger parts cut off
writsbands, black, red or both
skate shoes, usually black
masquera (edit spelling), KISS-like makeup
quiet
by True emo kid June 25, 2007

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people write things bad about emos and act like they are poisen,and everyone wants to act like all we do is cut and cry and be sad. But really they are the best people you will ever meet. They dont care what others think they are real and maybe everyone should be like this cause its better than a world of preps and bitches. they dont like shallow meaningless things and do know how to have fun with thoose who understand them. wich is other emos.
bitch:"Hey sad little emo cry for me and show me your arm."
emo kid:"my arms are clean jackass"
by the emo tree hugger May 23, 2007

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A 1980s subgenre of hardcore punk with actual talent involved, with a missing plothole somewhere in the script of time that somehow led to a modern subculture that has nothing to do with the musical genre whatsoever.
Since when did emo go from underground punk music to wearing a whore-load of make-up and dressing up in clothing that doesn't fit, while listening to pop-punk and crappy metalcore?
by Very Metal May 12, 2007

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A 13-18 year old thinking they are sensitive and emotionally in touch, they try to stand out by wearing side fridges, skinny jeans and converses but what they dont realise is that half of the world is following this phase so they arent so different. They regard themselves as artists and listen to "heavy" music ooo someones not heard of metallika they complain about how unfair their wealthy lives are...hey kid go to africa yeah they havent even seen converses or KNIVES! They cry and use knives a lot.
emo boy--- my life sucks
emo girl-- yeah mine too i mean my parents only gave me £50 today for sitting on my fat arse.
emo boy- outrageous! My parents wont allow me to have an art studio
emo girl- OH MY GOD!
emo boy- I know...but hey they got a new knife for the kitcen.
emo girl- oh wow cool i gotta come round and use it!
emo boy- yeah sure we can spread AIDS TOGETHER AS ONE!
emo girl- yeah maybe then they'll understand!
normal kid-- SHUT UP SOME PEOPLE HAVE REAL PROBLEMS THE ONLY THING I UNDERSTAND IS THAT YOU KIDS PISS ME OFF!
by lilemmaleebabee May 08, 2007

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A person who thinks dark thoughts, has strange emotions,(or in most cases, none) and takes delight in fashioning their hair in a stupid way that covers their eye and cutting themselves.
(emo, playing Halo 2) This is almost as much fun as cutting myself!!! *sigh* almost....
And yes, I did get that from Game Experience may Change During Online Play or whatever its called(go to youtube, emo)

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emo is mostly a type of music...but i cant say that people arent emo themselves. emo is not a bad thing for every oser who thinks its is. most emo people do not hate the world or themselves at all. some just have shitty lives. emo people are very in touch with their emothions and have major mood swings. they are all really friendly and sweet people. they care about everyone they talk to. they also deeply long for love in their lives and have alot to give. they want more then surface feelings and they weant more out of relationships then just ass. they may listen to loud screaming music or seemingly horrid songs but if u ever take the chance to look at the lyrics...they r accutally really meaningful. not all of them cut either so get that idea outta ur mind. and even if they do...who the fuck cares...r they bothering you? do they try to get u to do it? NO. so leave them be. people really need to stop judging based on stereotypes and images.
maybe black is just their favorite color?
maybe they happen to like wearing tight pants?
who the fuck cares. its their personality that matters most so shut up and stop calling everyone emo...because its not just emo ppl who r called emo everyday...if someone looks depressed ppl go aww man wtf do u look so emo today? its like seriously SHUT THE FUCK UP. let people be who they are and just fucking deal with it.

dont call people emo...its not ur call. EMO ISNT EVEN A REAL WORD in my opinion.
no one is emo unless THEY say they are.

kid - im emo cuz i feel like it...even if it is just a type of music and not even a real word.
other kid - ok fine...its ur life.
by Br0k3nT3nsi0nz x 4 May 02, 2007

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