<small>:emoji:</small> makes the emoji bigger instead of smaller in a certain condition

:x: :x:

<small>:x:</small> :x:
<small> :x:</small> :x:

Any other character, even a single space, will prevent the emoji from having the only-emoji class that makes it bigger.

I understand how it behaves like this and my guess is this is not very simple to fix, and it is also an edge case.

But I guess it’s always worth having a record of this minor “issue” somewhere, hence this topic.