Are you triumphant about your use of emoji? This is how you should look. The 'face with look of triumph' looks much more like someone in a huff
Are you a fan of the of the snorting face, the dancing Spanish senoritas, suggestive aubergines or do you prefer to over use the three wise monkeys?
Whatever your favourite emoji, the characters are supposed to be universal and understood in every language, but it appears the meanings of some emojis has been lost in translation.
A new study has identified 12 of the most commonly misunderstood emojis and revealed what their real meanings actually are.
It appears that while some emojis make compete sense, others are decidedly difficult to interpret.
The thumbs up, broken heart symbol and crying with laughter, for example, are all quite straightforward.
But the meanings of some are a bit more subtle, and can often be used inaccurately.
Most people think the girl flicking her hair is used to represent sassiness.
In fact, this 'information desk person' emoji was initially created to represent a person at an information desk providing people with answers to their questions.
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The girl is 'iconically represented in the Apple emoji artwork as a girl holding out her hand as if she were a waitress carrying an invisible tray of drinks,' according to Emojipedia.
Most people think the girl flicking her hair (left) is used to represent sassiness. In fact, this 'information desk person' emoji was initially created to represent a person at an information desk providing people with answers to their questions. The meaning of girl on the right is not widely known, but she ismaking an 'OK' sign
TOP EMOJI FACTS
The first emoji was created in 1999 by a team working on Japanese mobile phone provider i-mode's messaging features.
Originally meaning 'pictograph', the word emoji literally means 'picture' (e) and 'character' (moji).
There are 722 different emoji characters currently available in the standard Unicode set shared by most platforms.
The word 'emoji' was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013.
In April last year, Andy Murray posted a wedding day tweet which described the day in emoji.
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The 'confounded face' is actually more commonly used by people to show stress, or to represent being scared or worried
Many of the easily misunderstood emojis are facial expressions. In particular, the 'face with look of triumph' looks much more like someone who is frustrated or disappointed.
The dizzy emoji with crossed eyes is often used to mean 'dead' or astonished.
The 'confounded face' is actually more commonly used by people to show stress, or to represent being scared or worried.
The two separate grinning and grimacing faces are often used interchangeably.
Both tend to generally be used to show awkwardness, nervousness, cringing or excitement, when actually one is a grinning emoji whilst the other is grimacing.
Another pair often not identified as two separate emojis,are the crying and 'sleepy face'.
Many use the sleepy face as another crying face with a tear falling to the side, but the 'tear' actually represents a snot bubble.
The symbol has its origins in anime and manga, where it is used to show that someone is sleeping.
Created to represent being quiet and serious, the 'hushed face' emoji is more commonly used to show surprise.
The emoji misconceptions were identified by a team working for the online casino WinkSlots.
The grinning (left) and grimacing (right) facesare often used interchangeably. Both tend to generally be used to show awkwardness, nervousness, cringing or excitement, when actually one is a grinning emoji whilst the other is grimacing
Sad, upset, confused or stressed come to mind when many people use the 'disappointed but relieved' emoji (left). Many use the sleepy face (right) as another crying face with a tear falling to the side, but the 'tear' actually represents a snot bubble, which is used to show that someone is sleeping in anime and manga
The dizzy emoji with crossed eyes is often used to mean 'dead' or astonished (left). Created to represent being quiet and serious, the 'hushed face' emoji (right) is more commonly used to show surprise
Last year, the Oxford Dictionary’s ‘Word of the Year’ wasn’t actually a word at all, it was the Face With Tears emoji, which just goes to show how influential these little graphic images have become.
They were first used by Japanese mobile phone companies in the late 1990s to express an emotion, concept or message in a simple, graphic way.
Since then, we’ve all had to get on board, as our Twitter feeds, text messages and Facebook posts are crammed with them.
Often used to show anger, an evil mask or the devil, this emoji actually represents a Japanese Ogre called Namahage in Japanese folklore that wards off evil spirits from homes.Often confused with a shooting star, the 'dizzy' emoji (right) is used to represent the symbol in comics, which indicated a person is dizzy
Emoji use is only going to get worse: 150 new emojis were added last year, with new ones scheduled to arrive in 2016.
Meant to represent the Bunny Girl, a symbol used in Japan associated with sex appeal, the women with bunny ears are more commonly used to show excitement and happiness
Often used to show anger, an evil mask or the devil, the Japanese Ogre emoji represents an ogre called Namahage in Japanese folklore, that wards off evil spirits from homes.
Meant to represent the Bunny Girl, a symbol used in Japan associated with sex appeal, the women with bunny ears are more commonly used to show excitement and happiness.
Researchers last month showed the emoticons vary so radically across platforms such as iOS and Android that their meanings get easily muddled.
Among the most bamboozling is the 'grinning face with smiling eyes' emoji which can range from a joyful face with rosy cheeks on Samsung handsets, to a grimacing face with clenched teeth on iPhones.
Depending on the context of a message, such as 'the date went really well' the emoji can be lead to a message being interpreted in completely different ways, especially if exchanged between different makes of phones.
THE CONFUSING WORLD OF EMOJI
Researchers last month showed the emoticons vary so radically across platforms such as iOS and Android that their meanings get easily muddled.
The researchers found that participants disagreed on whether an emoji was positive, neural or negative a quarter of the time, even when rating them within the same platform.
They found Apple's 'crying laughing' emoji was the most confusing within the platform, followed by the 'grinning' one.
In fact, Apple Google, Microsoft, Samsung and LG all had the same problem with the 'crying laughing' which was the most confusing within all the platforms studied.
The clearest on iOS was found to be the sleeping emoji.
LG, Microsoft and Google's clearest emoji was found to be the 'love' face.
Researchers last month showed emoji, used in text messages and social media, vary so radically across platforms such as iOS and Android that their meanings get easily muddled. The emoji illustrated above are meant to be the same, but vary dramatically across platforms
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"Generationally, Boomers (24%), Gen X'ers (18%) and Millennials (14%) are less sure of cowboy hat face than Gen Z'ers (10%)," Adobe reported. In second-least understood emoji among all groups was the cherry.What does this emoji mean 😫? ›
While intended to represent tiredness, it commonly conveys various degrees and tones of frustration and sadness as well excitement and affection, as if it just can't handle how great someone or something is.
🙃 Upside-Down Face emoji
It can indicate silliness, sarcasm, irony, passive aggression, or frustrated resignation. Outside of these, this emoji can be used for even still more ambiguous emotions.
University of Minnesota researchers have found that anthropomorphic emojis, like language, can get lost in translation, causing significant misunderstandings. This happens two ways.What does 🙈 mean in texting? ›
The Three Wise Monkeys represent the proverb see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, frequently interpreted as a call for discretion or willful ignorance. Often used as a playful way to convey a laughing, disbelieving, cringing I can't believe what I'm seeing! or I can't bear to look!
Adobe's latest Emoji Trend report also examined the three most misunderstood emojis in the world; the “eggplant” 🍆, the “peach” 🍑 and the “clown” 🤡 emojis are the most confusing for users.What does this emoji mean 👅 🍆? ›
When you're feeling flirty and playful, you can send the 👅 emoji to show your partner that you're in the mood for some sexting. Pair 👅 with other emojis like 🍆 (eggplant), 🍑 (peach), 🌮 (taco), and 💦 (sweat droplets) to make it clear that you're referencing oral sex with your partner.What does 😮 💨 mean from a girl? ›
Used to represent relief, exhaustion, or as a sigh of disappointment or displeasure.What does 😪 mean from a girl? ›
🔤 Meaning. The 😪 Sleepy Face Emoji is used to convey someone is tired or sleeping. Due to confusion over the meaning of its signature droplet, the emoji also popularly represents sadness or illness. Lindsay Ketcher.What does 😏 mean from a girl? ›
It's used to communicate a range of feelings, including smugness, self-confidence, self-indulgence, mischief, cheeky humor, and general satisfaction. 😏 Smirking Face especially implies, however, flirtation and sexual innuendo.
With its smiley eyes and face, the 😋 emoji is a playfully animated emoji that says, "Hey, I kinda like you." You may see this tongue-out emoji at the end of a sweet compliment or paired with other flirtatious emojis like a 😉. "You're cute 😋😉" "I can't help but get all flushed around you 😋"What does 😜 mean from a girl? ›
Often conveys a sense of fun, excitement, wackiness, buffoonery, or joking.Why do some people have a negative opinion of emojis? ›
Answer: People do not use emojis when they are writing or speaking. It is not a full-fledged language, it is just added to deliver the emotions because they are not communicating face-to-face. Emojis will not be a used as full-fledged language because it is not diverse enough to substitute the language.Are emojis important? ›
With the advent of social media and smartphones, they have become firmly rooted in the way people text. While emojis have replaced some acronyms and abbreviations in some cases, they are still very important on social media and have had an irreversible impact on the way we communicate.Do emojis make us better communicators? ›
Emoji can help you accurately articulate your words both personally and professionally. However, it can be difficult to express your emotions and even tone of voice when chatting with friends or coworkers online.What is the meaning of ❤ ? ›
The (smiling face with hearts) emoji expresses romantic love. A significant other might send you this emoji to say, "I'm in love with you," or "I love being with you." If you see this emoji coming from a partner, they're feeling the love, and they want you to know it.What does FBI stand for in slang? ›
FBI means "Federal Bureau of Investigation" and "Forget 'Bout It." Here is more information about each of these definitions of FBI, with examples of use.What does it mean when a guy sends a red heart? ›
If a guy sends a ❤️ emoji, he loves you with all his heart. The red heart emoji is no joke, especially when it comes to romantic relationships. It's the universal text symbol for love. If he finishes a text with a ❤️, he's saying, "I love you."What does the emoji 😅 mean? ›
😅 Grinning Face With Sweat emoji
The grinning face with sweat emoji is used to indicate the particular kind of relief experienced after narrowly avoiding disaster. Or back up a tick and use it to indicate nervousness during tense situations.
A type of cards known as hanafuda cards in Japan which are used for a range of different games that require associating pictures (there are no numbers on the cards). The artwork for this emoji shows the Full Moon with Red Sky card, but could theoretically display any of the available cards.
👍 Thumbs Up
Emoji Meaning A thumbs-up gesture indicating approval.
🔤 Meaning. 😳 Flushed Face depicts a smiley with wide eyes and red cheeks, as if blushing with embarrassment, shame, or shyness. It may also convey a wide range of other feelings to varying degrees of intensity, including surprise, disbelief, amazement, excitement, and affection.What does this mean 💨 🍃? ›
The 🍃 emoji is usually a stand in for weed on TikTok.
If you see the 🍃 emoji popping up on TikTok, especially if it's paired with the 💨 emoji (used as a symbol for smoke), there's a good chance it has something to do with weed. "#🍃💨"
The Peach emoji (🍑) is a fruit emoji featuring a pinkish-orange peach. It is one of the most commonly used emojis, other than the Eggplant emoji ( ), on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Social media users often use it as a suggestive icon for buttocks during sexting conversations.What does this mean 👉 👈 in texting? ›
The majority of people agree that it means 'shy'. As if you were twiddling your fingers together, nervously. The emojis can often be paired with the emoji too, for extra nervous vibes.What does 😯 💨 mean from a girl? ›
A yellow face with small, open eyes, raised eyebrows, and a small, open mouth, as if it has been hushed by concern or correction. Meaning widely varies, but its expression is commonly taken as surprise, embarrassment, or mild excitement.What does 👀 mean from a girl? ›
It mostly serves to draw attention to something the user wants to highlight, especially in situations that involve drama and interpersonal tension. It can also be an emoji representation of shifty eyes or the action of side-eyeing. This emoji sometimes appears when someone finds a person attractive.What does 😮 💨 mean from a guy? ›
What does 😮💨 Face Exhaling emoji mean? The Face Exhaling emoji 😮💨 depicts a face blowing a puff of air. The emoji is used to represent feelings of exhaustion, smoking, and exhaling a big sigh.What does 😈 mean from a girl? ›
This Smiling Face With Horns emoji 😈 means trouble, especially in the form of devil characters, bad boys and girls, general mischief, and sexual innuendo. This emoji is typically portrayed as a purple face with the same furrowed brows as the Angry Face emoji 😠—but with an impish smile and two horns.What does 🌸 mean from a girl? ›
When sexting, this flower emoji is often interchanged with the 🌷 to represent female genitalia. If someone's using sexual language and a 🌺, they're likely referring to sex with a woman.
💚 Green Heart emoji
The emoji is also used in connection to jealousy, supporting the environment, and Ireland and Irish culture.
😤 Face with Steam from Nose emoji
This face with steam from nose emoji depicts an angry or highly annoyed face, eyes closed, brows scrunched up, and steam coming from the nostrils. It's used to express a variety of emotions, ranging from frustration to pumped-up passion about a particular topic.
Face with Diagonal Mouth
Emoji Meaning A yellow face with a closed slanted mouth. Can be used to express skepticism, confusion, or frustration. …
Letters forming a face that has "x" eyes. This is often used in animes and some cartoons, in which a character's eyes turn into "x"'s signifying embarrassment, fright, shock, or little hope. ■ Used as an emoticon alternative, a face representing death or sleeping.What does 💚 mean from a girl? ›
The 💚 evokes caring and platonic loving feelings.
You'll often see a 💚 used when expressing a platonic love for a friend or acquaintance. Try adding this green heart to a heart-warming message to tell a friend, "I care about you." "You're the bestest friend a girl could ask for 💚"
A yellow face with slightly raised eyebrows, a frown, and eyes looking to the side. May convey a variety of negative emotions, including irritation, displeasure, grumpiness, and skepticism, as if giving the side-eye. Not to be confused with 😏 Smirking Face, which features similar eyes but a wry smile.What is a guilty emoji? ›
Besides conveying such acts as pleading, begging, or beseeching, the Pleading Face emoji also variously conveys sadness, guilt, cuteness, and even arousal.What does 🍎 mean from a guy? ›
Instead of using a ❤️, they may use a 🍎. This is a cute and unique way to show love and affection. If your partner sends you a single 🍎, it could be them saying, "I love you." "You're the best🍎" "I love you to the moon and back🍎"What does the 😡 look like? ›
😡 Enraged Face
A red face with an angry expression: frowning mouth with eyes and eyebrows scrunched downward. Bears the same expression as 😠 Angry Face on most platforms and may convey more intense degrees of anger, e.g., hate or rage.
May represent lying, a liar, and other concepts of deceit and dishonesty to varying degrees of intensity. Sometimes used to convey disbelief (e.g., You must be kidding) or feeling abashed (e.g., as if caught in the act of lying).
🤦 Person Facepalming
A hand shown pressing against the head of a person, commonly written as facepalm. Used to display frustration or embarrassment at the ineptitude of a person or situation. May be used in a similar context to the acronym SMH (shaking my head), or in relation to the Picard Facepalm meme.
A yellow face with scrunched, X-shaped eyes and a crumpled mouth, as if quivering in frustration or holding back tears. May be used to represent being overcome with various emotions, including irritation, frustration, disgust, and sadness, as if to the point of defeat.What is the emoji for headache? ›
🤕 Face with Head-Bandage.What does this emoji mean 👅 🍆? ›
When you're feeling flirty and playful, you can send the 👅 emoji to show your partner that you're in the mood for some sexting. Pair 👅 with other emojis like 🍆 (eggplant), 🍑 (peach), 🌮 (taco), and 💦 (sweat droplets) to make it clear that you're referencing oral sex with your partner.What does this emoji mean 🌚? ›
🌚 New Moon Face
May be used to represent the moon more generally. Popularly perceived as creepy, used to throw shade (express disapproval), or convey various suggestive or ironic sentiments.
😘 Face Throwing a Kiss emoji
The winky-kissy face throwing a kiss emoji, or kissing face, is mostly used to express romantic affection or appreciation for someone or something.