20 Emojis You Never Knew You’ve Been Using Completely Wrong

If there is one thing that makes texting even better than it is on it’s own, it’s adding emojis to your conversations. Emojis are amazing, and make every convo more fun and colorful. At least the ones you frequently use are amazing. The other ones that lurk around in the latter pages of the emoji keyboard? They’re… questionable. Those emojis may be a little strange, but only because we don’t know what they mean.

So, I did what any other highly trained scientist average person would do. I asked some of my best girl friends to weigh in on what they thought the emoji means, then weighed it against what the creators of emoji intended for them to mean.

(I totally invite you to play this game with your friends – we all had a blast doing this.)

Some results are accurate, some are hilarious, some are surprising, all are amazing. Here we go! Here are 20 emojis you never knew you’ve been using wrong:

1) Footprints

How you use it: To express that you’re comfortable and/or relaxed. That’s how I’d use it. #NetflixAndChill #ButReallyTho
EmojiBarefoot

What It Actually Means: Footprints. Annnnd that’s about it.

 

2)  Construction Worker

How you use it: To show that you’re sad. But seriously, why else is that construction worker so bummed out? Someone save him a cupcake!
EmojiConstructionWorker

What it actually means: It’s literally just a construction worker with no emotions.

 

3) Red Devil Monster

How you use it: Accidentally hooking up with dudes and getting wild. Thanks, Japanese ogre!
EmojiWild

What it actually means: It’s a Japanese Ogre, not a devil! It’s actually supposed to ward off evil spirits.

 

4) AInternet Symbol

How you use it: You don’t. Real talk: this *does* look like what I used to click on to get to the Internet.
EmojiWorld

What it actually means: It’s a symbol of Earth. But also – a representation of the Internet!

 

5) Shirt with Sash

How you use it: As a sign of clothes in the future.
EmojiBlueTank

What it actually means: It’s a running shirt with a sash. Why? Not sure.

 

6) A Sculpture

How you use it: As a sign for an ancient artifact.
EmojiEasterIsland

What it actually means: It’s a human rock carving from Easter Island, so… it’s really random.

 

7)  A Mountain With Fog

How you use it: To show that it’s foggy. Or as the Golden Gate Bridge.
EmojiSanFran

What it actually means: Fog!

 

8) A Little Sign

How you use it: As lanyard? Feel free to employ this usage, readers who need to wear badges to work and/or school. I thought this was a luggage tag *shrugs*
EmojiTag

What it really means: it’s a bookmark!

 

9) Wavy Dash

How you use it: As a hipster mustache. Well, hipster mustaches can look like part of some Asian alphabets.
EmojiMustache

What it actually means: It’s the Asian version of a regular dash (as in, -)

 

10) The Chevron

How you use it: As a sign that something you’re about to say is important.
EmojiChevron

What it actually means: It’s the Japanese sign for beginners, mainly in the way of driving.

 

11)  Blue Swirl

How you use it: As a sign of the ocean, or water in general.
EmojiBlueSwirl

What it really means: It’s a cyclone, also known as a tornado or hurricane. Don’t swim in the middle of the cyclone. Water is refreshing, but not when it’s a natural disaster.

 

12) Pink Swirl

How you use it: Just a little decoration to make your texts pretty.
EmojiPinkSwirl

What it actually means: It’s a Japanese fish cake. I guess we just don’t eat enough fish cakes.

 

13)  The Diamond Stud

My friend Alex says…
EmojiBlueDiamond

What it actually means: It’s a diamond shape and is used in kawaii. But hey, earrings can be kawaii!

 

14) Punch In The Face

How you use it: As a sign you’re about to hit someone.
EmojiPow

What it actually means: It’s a comic book symbol that indicates a punch, like, POW!

 

15)  Anchor

How you use it: As an anchor. The anchor is royal! Duh, because it’s gold.
EmojiTrident2

What it actually means: It’s a trident, like a pitchfork.

 

16)  A Circle

How you use it: As a circle.
EmojiCircle

What it actually means: It’s a radio button. But when would I use a radio button emoji? I like Alex’s version.

 

17) Fried Shrimp

How you use it: As shrimp or as… a cat?
EmojiShrimp

What it actually means: It’s just fried shrimp. But orange kitties look like shrimp sometimes, y’know?

 

18) Green Star

How you use it: As a sign of Spiderman’s cousin. Or you know, just a green star. I am of the belief that Spiderman’s hippie superhero cousin would be named “Green Spoked Asterisk,” so there.
EmojiGreenStar

What it actually means: It’s just an asterisk, which is a lot more boring.

 

19) A Phone With A Heart

How you use it: A symbol for sexting
EmojiVibrate1

What it actually means: It’s an indication of vibration mode. But doesn’t sexting make so much more sense?

 

20) The French Flag

How you use it: As a French balloon.
EmojiFrenchPost

What it actually means: A bus stop. Who knew?

 

Which of these Emojis have you been using wrong? What did we forget to include? Tell me in the comments.

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