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:
How you use it: To express that you’re comfortable and/or relaxed. That’s how I’d use it. #NetflixAndChill #ButReallyTho
What It Actually Means: Footprints. Annnnd that’s about it.
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!
What it actually means: It’s literally just a construction worker with no emotions.
How you use it: Accidentally hooking up with dudes and getting wild. Thanks, Japanese ogre!
What it actually means: It’s a Japanese Ogre, not a devil! It’s actually supposed to ward off evil spirits.
How you use it: You don’t. Real talk: this *does* look like what I used to click on to get to the Internet.
What it actually means: It’s a symbol of Earth. But also – a representation of the Internet!
How you use it: As a sign of clothes in the future.
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.
What it actually means: It’s a human rock carving from Easter Island, so… it’s really random.
How you use it: To show that it’s foggy. Or as the Golden Gate Bridge.
What it actually means: Fog!
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*
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.
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.
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.
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.
How you use it: Just a little decoration to make your texts pretty.
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…
What it actually means: It’s a diamond shape and is used in kawaii. But hey, earrings can be kawaii!
How you use it: As a sign you’re about to hit someone.
What it actually means: It’s a comic book symbol that indicates a punch, like, POW!
How you use it: As an anchor. The anchor is royal! Duh, because it’s gold.
What it actually means: It’s a trident, like a pitchfork.
How you use it: As a circle.
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?
What it actually means: It’s just fried shrimp. But orange kitties look like shrimp sometimes, y’know?
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.
What it actually means: It’s just an asterisk, which is a lot more boring.
How you use it: A symbol for sexting
What it actually means: It’s an indication of vibration mode. But doesn’t sexting make so much more sense?
How you use it: As a French balloon.
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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