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Emo is a genre of music.

Emocore is a type of rock music, originating from punk. It often describes feelings of love, and sometimes sadness, which is why people always stereotype 'emo kids' as constantly being depressed.

Emo does not mean emotional. It's true that this was the word used for the genre, but music besides emo can be emotional. An 'emo kid' is not an emotional person. Everybody has emotions, and people of any music taste and fashion style can be sensitive to emotions.

Emo is not a person, or a type of person.
At the very best, an 'emo kid' is someone who is a dedicated fan of emo bands.

It has nothing to do with wearing skinny jeans, bands shirts, tight sweaters, or thick-rimmed glasses. That's just a modern style that tons of kids (whether they like emocore or not) wear.

YOU ARE NOT EMO IF YOU CUT YOURSELF.

If you cut yourself, you have problems, no doubt. Self-mutilation is a symptom of bipolar disorder, chronic depression, and schizophrenia, along with many other mental conditions. Cutting yourself solves nothing. Some might think it helps, but it's just a useless coping mechanism that will only cause more problems in the long run.

If you cut yourself for attention, you are pathetic. There are other, healthier, less painful, less idiotic ways to get attention than drawing your own blood.

And as for all the people who think they know everything about emo kids, and that they're so very superior for making fun of them, you're full of bullshit.

If you can't find anything better to do with your time, or at least anyone more guilty to make fun of, you are about as pathetic as those attention seekers who cut themselves to get bitched at by you.
Best case scenario 'emo kid':
Smiling to my friend, I walked over and handed him an earbud so we could listen to our favourite band, Brand New. After we'd picked our song, I put my mp3 player back into the pocket of my baggy jeans and walked into school, talking to my friend.

Worst case scenario poser 'emo kid':
I shifted uncomfortably in my skinny jeans. They were way too tight, but I was pretty sure I saw some girls looking at me and giggling out of the corner of my eye. Maybe. I took out my iPod and turned up Dashboard Confessional as loud as it would go. As I saw what looked to me like fellow emos, I rolled up my sleeves inconspicuously to reveal a few cuts. They walked past quickly, not sparing me a second glance. Dejected, I turned my music back down in time to hear kids chanting none too quietly behind me"

E is for emotional, ruins everybody's day.
M is for miserable people.
O is for on the dark side, 'cause we have some fresh cookies! COOKIES! "
by Kittehisnotamused May 09, 2009

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1. E-mos, commonly found reciprocating in livejournals, exclusive/uber-trendy chatrooms, myspace, or your local Starbucks with their wireless mac laptop
(Let it be noted that whether the E-mo uses myspace, they will have a vast quantity of pictures, mostly of themselves posing...somehow.)
1a. Aside from computer proficiency, they maintain the same characteristics of an emo or hipster
1. "id0pa: Hey, emo kid!
Auto response from Rachelle: how sad this is what your life has been reduced to, a single room apartment containing no more than a mattress. how sad the strings have been removed from the blinds and all the outlets have been painted over. the television screen is streaked with blood smeared from your knuckles as you were trying to punch it out but you underestimated its strength. or maybe you just weren't trying hard enough. startled by a knock at the door you rise for the first time in two days to answer, but you can only greet the visitor with one short statement. hello my first name is distance and i really don't care if i never wake up again. hello my name is distance and i really don't care if i never wake up again. hello i really don't care if i never wake up again. i really don't care if i never wake up again.
Id0pa: You don't say!"

2. "xiwishiwascoolx: lets mosh and hold hands at the same time"
by id0pa December 13, 2004

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This word has lots of meanings, but it is mainly used as a negative term for a fashion and music style that though perfectly acceptable is considered bad. This term has been used to stereotype people and deindividualise them(in particular teenagers) as something that in reality does not represent them at all.

Many people claim to hate "emo's" meaning they hate people they stereotype as emo. This makes very little sense, as it means they hate someone for the way they look and the music they like. This does not reflect their personality. Basically, if used seriously emo is a term used by pathetic narrow-minded losers who just have no respect for other peoples tastes and seem to think they know what everyone is like by how they are dressed. They are also stupid enough to think a fashion trend will make someone self-harm.

Most people who use the term emo negatively and seriously are people who can only see the surface of anything as if they actually thought about it they would realise that maybe emo kids are teenagers who were originally generally more emotional/thoughtful/sensitive than most and found the emo fashion and music to fit their taste.

If thats what they like wearing and thats what they like listening to then let them and bugger off!!! They wear it because they like it. Same reason you wear what you wear and you listen to what you listen to, you emo haters are not supreme beings who can decide what is and isn't good taste so get lost you socially conforming arseholes!!
Boy 1: Urgh look it's an emo fag
Boy 2: What makes you say he's a fag?
Boy 1: He's wearing makeup, how gay is that?
Boy 2: He's allowed to wear makeup isn't he? Doesn't make him gay, just means he doesn't conform to his gender stereotype.
Boy 1: Duuuh, what? Your gay... uuur i'm cleffer
Boy 2: Yeah... ok mate, bye!
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Emu spelled with an o instead of a u. A big stupid looking bird.
That girl is so emo it's hard not to laugh.
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Something that retards label things that they don't like.
Retard: LAWL! I'm so fucking stupid! Everything that I don't like is emo. I don't even know what that word means, but whatever! OH SHIT I JUST SWALLOWED A QUARTER!
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a) short for the term emotional...in a musical sense
b) music derived in the 80's... with such bands as Rites of Spring, Texas is the Reason, and more.
c) can be used to describe a person who listens to emo, can relate to most of it and then cry because they can relate to it and not just because its emo.

emo music is not punk.

emo music usually contains lyrics which have a desperate side to them. written usually about a past girlfriend or experience.

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In times of emergency or disaster, EMO coordinates the response of State agencies ensuring the most appropriate resources are dispatched to the impacted area.
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Emo = Emotional Hardcore

Contrary to popular belief,
Emo is not about being depressed or cutting,
it's not short for emotional,
it has nothing to do with teenage posers who follow the trend of pretending to be bisexual, depressed, and wearing all black.
It's not a fashion.
The fashion that's commonly referred to as "emo fashion",
is actually called "scene".
And MCR and Fallout Boy are NOT emo.

In actuality, It's a branch off of hardcore punk that started in the mid 80s with the punk band, Rites of Spring.
They hated the glorified violence and restrained music that infected the D.C. hardcore scene,
and took hardcore to a greater level of experimentation
with more emotional lyrics and more melodic instruments.

Soon after, a surge of new bands started forming and creating their own adaption of the style that Rites of Spring innovated.
The summer of 1985 became known as "revolution summer".
Good emo bands from "revolution summer" include:
Rites of Spring, Embrace, Moss Icon, Dag Nasty, Gray Matter,
Nation of Ulysses, and Fire Party.

After the disbanding of Rites of Spring,
Ian MacKaye (from Embrace) and Guy Picciotto (from Rites of Spring) formed the post-hardcore band Fugazi in the early 90s. who influenced bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Far, Braid, and Jimmy Eat World.
In my opinion, Sunny Day Real Estate are to mall emo, (the music that's commonly referred to as emo today)
as Rites of Spring are to emo.
They started the whole movement of mainstream "emo" bands.

Happening at the same time,
was the the unground movement of screamo.
Screamo sounded similar to emo,
but louder and with a lot more screaming and slightly different song structures.
Screamo started with bands such as Antioch Arrow, Palatka,
Portraits of the Past, and The Swing Kids.
The music comprised of brutal yet somewhat melodic guitars, loud, fast drums, song structures that switch from quiet to loud, and obviously, screaming vocals.

One thing that's not true is when people say real emo is a dead genre.
because, while mainstream "emo" has taken over MTV and the radio, an underground emo/screamo scene still exists.
Circle Takes the Square, Raein, Daitro, Haram, 1905, and ...Who Calls So Loud, City of Caterpillar are all examples of emo (and screamo) bands from the last eight years, most of them are still existing.
It's not a dead genre, you just have to look for the real deal.
Person1: Is My Chemical Romance emo?
Person2: NO.
Person1: Then what is emo?
Person2: *points to definition*
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