Double-meaning emojis are more common than you think. The definition thought by the developers of the faces is not always well understood by the users. There are also cases in which the drawings are understood, but gain interpretations that are more successful than the original meaning – such as eggplant or peach, which have acquired sexual connotations.
So that you don’t fall into traps and even know how to protect children from malicious messages, dnetc has prepared a list of ambiguous emojis.
Ten emojis that you ‘got it wrong’ and used with another meaning; Look
Emojis can be interpreted in different ways – Photo: Ana Marques / dnetc
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1. Little Flower of Gratitude
For two years in a row, close to Mother’s Day, Facebook provided the symbol of a flower, along with the reactions of the social network: enjoy, love, laugh, surprise, sadness and anger. When the user clicked on the option, several flowers went up the corresponding post symbolizing gratitude. Since then, the little purple flower has become synonymous with gratitude.
Purple flower on Facebook indicates gratitude – Photo: Disclosure / Facebook
The moon is quite misunderstood by users of social networks and messaging apps. This is because its representation deviates a little from reality and allows for several interpretations. There is a chain that circulates through WhatsApp that associates each of the moon images with a type of sexual proposal. Although this is not the official meaning of the moons, many people use it with this connotation.
The moon emoji is poorly understood by users – Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
3. Lenny Face (͡ ° ͜ʖ ͡ °)
Known by different names, and also by the expression «that little guy», the mixture of special characters became famous, mainly in forums and social networks, for being associated with malicious or mocking comments. However, supposedly, when it was created, it had a much more innocent meaning. Lenny Face (or Le Lenny Face or Le Face Face) is believed to have appeared in 2012 in a Finnish forum. In the middle of a huge discussion about the spam settings of the page, an anonymous user posted the face for the first time, as a way to express his feeling about the huge amount of messages. Within hours, the emoticon had already taken over the world.
A simple vegetable and an innocent fruit are often used to represent the male sexual organ. Let there be creativity.
The banana and eggplant emojis gained an innocent content – Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
The peach became synonymous with “butt” after socialite Kim Kardashian posted a photo on her Snapchat profile, wearing a dress in the same color and accompanied by the fruit’s emoji. Never again was the drawing seen in the same form.
The new meaning given to the peach emoji by socialite Kim Kardashian went viral – Photo: Reproduction / Snapchat and Emojipedia
6. ‘Can I help you?’
If you’ve ever used this doll to symbolize a stirring of sarcasm hair or express that you were full of yourself, you did it the wrong way. This character was designed to represent a counter clerk willing to help.
No sarcasm. This emoji represents a girl full of goodwill – Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
7. Prayer or High-five?
These two little hands have already generated a lot of speculation. Many people use them to symbolize a moment of prayer, while others believe it is the representation of a high-five (two people clapping hands in celebration). In reality, the gesture refers to the way the Japanese act to say «please» or «thank you».
This emoji does not represent prayer or high five – Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
Was it a shooting star or a rain of comets? According to the developers, this image can be sent to show that the user is bewildered, in the same style used by illustrators of cartoons and comic books.
This emoji could represent a shooting star, but that’s not what it means – Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
9. She is not dancing
Whoever used these two images to represent a dance movement was wrong. The first drawing means «ok» (it would be a circle made with the whole body). The second is simply «no», a gesture taken from a television program called «Deal or not Deal» when the participant refused to close a deal.
These emojis do not represent a dance movement, but ok and not, respectively – Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
Clearly, this little guy is huffing and puffing, isn’t he? No. According to the developers, this figure represents the triumph for some achievement. Can you believe?
The above emoji does not represent anger, but triumph – Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia