Heidy The Skype Squirrel

This is one of those silly but intriguing things that is worth sharing.  When delivering some internal training over Skype I noticed that some of the emoticons have names I did not expect. 

Skype for Business introduced some really nice emoticons.  The below image is from the 2016 version of the client, showing the emoticons I currently have available.

Skype For Business 2016 Emoticons

Yes this list includes our venerable smiley friends and perennial favourites!  Skype for Business certainly did an outstanding job animating them and improving their graphical appearance.  While most of the emoticons are intuitive, for example the snail is (snail) and the ninja is (ninja) there are a couple of more interesting ones.

Take the footballer * dude, the shortcut is (Bartlett). 

Skype For Business - Footballer Emoticon Is (Bartlett)

And the squirrel is also interesting.  The shortcut is (Heidy)

Skype For Business - Squirrel Emoticon Is (Heidy)

Why would the squirrel be called Heidy?  My hypothesis is because squirrels “heidy” their nuts!



* – feel free to adjust that to soccer if you need to!

Rhoderick Milne [MSFT]


  1. 5 years after you, I noticed this, and looked it up to see if it was a name in another language of a squirrel, ha

  2. A squirrel girl is one who is "after everyones nuts". I suspect the programmers know a squirrel girl and this is an inside joke

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