Are you sure you’re using that emoji correctly? Chances are you’ve at least got one wrong. But, let’s be honest, they can seriously be hard to interpret. Sometimes we think they mean one thing when they were really intended for something else. It can become embarrassing if you’re not texting the right thing to people. Knowing what emojis mean isn’t exactly a hard science, but Unicode set specific definitions when they created them. We’re here to set the record straight and help you use the right ones. Ready to become a texting pro? Here are 25 Common Emojis You’re Using Wrong.
Sad but Relieved Face
Due to the small size, it’s easy to get this one mixed up with a person crying, but it really symbolizes anxiety and stress.
Many people think this one is an emoji representing fire, and it’s easy to see why. Believe it or not, it’s just a name badge.
You totally thought this one was “Jazz Hands” didn’t you? Well, it’s not. It’s just an emoji wanting a hug.
With the tongue sticking out, some think this one is a joking emoji. It’s actually an emoji for enjoying or savoring food.
Weary Cat Face
This one looks utterly terrified by something, so people mistakenly use it to symbolize that feeling. According to Unicode, it’s actually just a “Weary Cat Face.”
The “raising hands” emoji might look like someone’s praising Jesus, but it’s really just two hands going up to celebrate success.
Face With Look of Triumph
It’s easy to see why this one might be confused with looking frustrated and angry. But, Unicode calls it “Face with Look of Triumph,” so you’re really supposed to use it when you’ve overcome some kind of obstacle.
Sign of the Horns
The “Sign of the Horns” emoji can be used for “Rock on” or “Heavy Metal,” but under no circumstances should it be used as the hang-10 sign.
It might look like this emoji means “surprised,” but it’s really a quiet and hushed face.
Two Person Bunny
Most people use this emoji to signify friendship or wanting to party. What they might not know is that this emoji is the Japanese version of a Playboy bunny.
The Japanese Ogre
No, this is not a symbol of the monster from “Where the Wild Things Are.” It’s the symbol of a Japanese Ogre called “Namahage.”
Man Bowing Deeply
This one is a tough one, so don’t kick yourself you’ve been using it for doing push-ups or lying down for a massage. It’s actually a “Man Bowing Deeply” or “dogeza” in Japan, and it’s supposed to symbolize sincere apology or request a favor.
Woman Gesturing Ok
Some people might confuse this one with a yoga or ballerina pose, but Unicode insists it’s a woman gesturing “okay.” But it’s hard to imagine anyone actually doing this in real life.
No, this emoji isn’t whistling, it’s just awkwardly kissing with its eyes wide open.
Person Tipping Hand
People usually think this is a waitress holding an invisible tray of food. It’s actually just what it looks like, a “Person Tipping Hand.” The Unicode name is “Information Desk Person.”
You can use it for praying. You can use it for saying please or thank you. But, don’t use it as a symbol for the high-five.
This one looks like someone has a snot bubble coming out of their nose, but it’s actually supposed to represent being sleepy.
This one is often used to show whining or frustration. It also looks similar to Weary Face. However, Unicode calls it “Tired Face,” and it’s supposed to mean someone is exhausted.
Commonly misused as the peace sign, this emoji means “Victory.”
Roasted Sweet Potato
If this is used at all, it’s sometimes confused for a seed or a nut. But, it’s actually a Roasted Sweet Potato. Use it during the fall season and then forget about it for the rest of the year.
Person Getting Massage
It might look like this is a woman with antlers on her head, but Unicode calls it “Face Massage.”
Maybe you used this one to represent “Whatever” or a dove flying off in the air (Okay, maybe not that one), but it’s just supposed to show openness, a hug, or jazz hands.
If you’ve been using this one to indicate being dead, then you’re definitely using it wrong. Unicode calls it a “Dizzy Face,” and it’s supposed to indicate feeling sick or being confused. It’s also often mixed up with the “Astonished Face.”
Do not send this to someone hoping they will get well soon. For that, use the hospital emoji. This emoji symbolizes the “Love Hotel” of a romantic nature where one could rent it out by the hour.
Pile of Poo
This is a classic but bears repeating. This emoji is not a scoop of chocolate ice cream. It’s a smiling poo. A happy, steaming pile of poo.