10 emojis that mean something completely different to what you think

Oh dear, looks like we're not as fluent in emoji-speak as we thought


by Laura Thornton |
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How often you do use emojis? They're everywhere! When you text, post on social media, and even in online articles, but are you SURE what you're 'saying' with your emojis are correct?

We were looking at emojis that are often misunderstood; from the sad face that is actually someone with a runny nose, to the tired face that looks frustrated. To celebrate World Emoji Day we take a look at Emojis that mean something different to what you think...

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Emojis that mean something different stacked

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1) Bowing Man ud83dude47

This guy isn't thinking, he's bowing! Although often mistaken for a man thinking or doing push-ups, this emoji is actually bowing deeply called dogeza in Japan.

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2) Sleepy Face ud83dude2a

Although technically called 'Sleepy Face', this emoji isn't crying, the 'tear' is actually coming from its nose. This brings a whole other meaning to this 'sad' emoji.

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3) See-No-Evil Monkey ud83dude48

While most people assume it mean 'oh dear' or 'oops', the 'See-No-Evil Monkey' actually part of the 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' proverb, hence the other two monkey emojis next to it.

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4) Person Gesturing No ud83dude45

While it looks like the person could be doing The X Factor symbol, she is actually gesturing 'no'.

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5) Face With Steam From Nose ud83dude24

In a survey conducted last year 69% of the people asked perceived this to mean 'very angry/in a huff'. It actually means 'expressing triumph after great frustration'.

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6) Tired Face ud83dude2b

This 'tired face' is often confused with the similar 'weary face'. Some also interpret it as a frustrated face.

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7) Hushed Face ud83dude2f

Its proper definition is someone who should be kept quiet, but many believe it to be surprised or astonished.

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8) Disappointed but Relieved Face ud83dude25

Contrary to the upset meaning that many use it for, its true meaning is 'disappointed but relieved'.

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9) Dash Symbol ud83dudca8

Whilst many think of this as a fart it actually means the fast movement of a person or vehicle!

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10) Person with Folded Hands ud83dude4f

No, this person isn't praying! In Japan, a folded hand gesture is commonly used to say 'please' and 'thank you'.

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11) Poop emoji

Perhaps the most famous misinterpreted emoji, this little fella isn't actually a poop - he's a happy chocolate ice cream, duh. It was proven (by science) when a Twitter user superimposed the ALLEGED poop over the actual Ice Cream emoji and the shapes fit exactly.

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12) Dancing girls

These are dancing girls of the rather more risqué persuasion than what you've been using them as. Sure, nothing says gals night out on the town like these two, but they actually originated as Japanese 'bunny girls', akin to strippers or playboy bunnies.

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13) Sassy Girl

There's a Sassy Girl in all of us, but it turns out she's not actually flicking her hair like she just don't care in this emoji - she's actually an information kiosk lady. Who knew.

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14) Aubergine emoji

While we know - WE KNOW - that popular culture dictates that this is, in fact a peen, you'll be sad to know that it wasn't designed as such and is actually just an Aub. Day ruiner or what.

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We know that Apple like to keep their emoji dictionary current and inclusive, and over the years they've added hundreds of emojis representative of all different groups in society.

In the most recent batch of proposed emojis (which have yet to be confirmed for 2022, there's even a pregnant male identifying emoji.

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In Autumn 2020, Apple introduced a whole load of disability inclusive emojis, including a guide dog, wheelchair users and an animatronic arm.

Emojis to represent disabilities
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In addition to these designs, it was also announced that a sloth, skunk, orangatun and flamingo have been added.

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In order to be more inclusive, Apple have introduced variations on gender and skin tones for the "people holding hands" emoji.

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Apple posted a statement on their website that said, 'Fifty-nine new emoji designs will be available this fall with a free software update for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. Thousands of emoji are currently available, including emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, more professions, various clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creatures and more. New emoji are created based on the approved characters in Unicode 12.0.'.

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