Sunday 22 April 2018

Top 10 emojis you've been using all wrong, you eejit

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

While emojis may be intended to help us communicate more effectively, it seems many of us may be confusing our conversations through misinterpreting the symbols.

Here's a rundown of ten of the most ambiguous emojis you've probably been using wrong all this time...


You may have chosen the pink lady to illustrate your pride over your new haircut, or as a symbol for sassiness but you'd be wrong on both counts.  Officially she's Information Desk Girl, which is pretty obvious... isn't it?


If you've chosen this to demonstrate a grin, you'd be wrong.  It's also not feeling tearful.  It is, in fact, grimacing.


Nope, he's not a paramedic sleeping on the job.  He's a construction worker (sleeping on the job?).


Let's face it, this one looks a bit smug and touchy feely which is a rather creepy combo.  It doesn't mean 'go away' or 'jazz hands'. It's actually a hugging face, whatever that is.  We don't really want to know. 


Does it mean 'stop'?  No.  Does it mean 'high five'?  Try again... You'll never get it.  It stands for 'Raised hand with fingers splayed'.  We can't think of a single reason why you'd use it to illustrate that meaning...


When you put your hands on your head it means... OK, apparently.  Nothing to do with your haircut, or expressing 'oh no!'.


You're either whistling or shocked at something, right?  Wrong.  It's a hushed face.


Is it a star burst, a strike of inspiration or a comet?  It's a comet.


This could conceivably indicate smoking or anger, which is how most people use it. In fact it indicates triumph.


Here's an oil can, for all the times you need an oil can emoji.  Given all the symbols to choose from in the world, we're surprised this one made the cut.

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