Emojis are useful for displaying a feeling on the Internet without using words. Nevertheless, the symbols may have ambiguous meanings or be misused. The different interpretations are responsible for some policies related to smiley faces. Other features of the emoji such as breaking taboos, inclusion, representativeness and funny comparisons also gave the talk of social networks.
Highlights include the "mixuruca" emoji, which has gained sexual connotation among users; the firearm symbol, which has been replaced by a less realistic design; and the menstruation figure, which is in the 2019 approved package with 230 new emoji for Android, iPhone (iOS) and other operating systems. In the following list, check out eight famous emoji on the web and understand the reasons for their popularity.
New 'mixuruca' emoji becomes a joke; remember pictures with sexual significance
Emojis on iOS 12.1 Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo
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A hand-held emoji has gained sexual connotation among users. The figure Pinching hand (something like "Mo Pinching" in free translation) also nicknamed mixuruca in Brazil became a joke on the Internet, when interpreted with double meaning. The image, which serves to identify something small, was shared to symbolize smaller penis on social networks. Users also compared the symbol to the gesture popularized by Professor Raimundo, character of Chico Anysio on Professor Raimundo 's Escolinha TV show, when speaking about the board AND the salary,.
Emoji "Pinching Hand" has gained double meaning on social networks and is being associated with "mixuruk" things Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
2. Egg in the salad emoji
The Internet salad is now vegan. Previously drawn with lettuce leaves, tomato wedges and an egg in a bowl, the emoji had the animal ingredient removed from the image. In order to get closer to the vegan community, the change is part of one of the many guidelines pressured by users and accompanies the registration of the figure in the Unicode Consortium (responsible for the drawings).
Salad Emoji has lost the animal item, the egg Photo: Divulgao / Google
3. Change of the pistol emoji
The firearm emoji has also been replaced by a less realistic design. The redesign of the symbol by major technology companies is an important step in the midst of the political debate on arms regulation in the United States as well as the discussion of ownership and possession in Brazil. Weapon, now, only toy emoji. The difference spelled out in the image below is about colors, as Samsung and Twitter sought to maintain Apple's standard and made a green water gun, while Google chose an orange with a yellow tank.
Evolution of the technology companies' toy gun pistol Photo: Dissemination / Emojipedia
4. Change of bagel emoji
The bagel emoji has undergone a fun change. After the fourth update by iOS 12.1 beta for iPhone and iPad, the new sticker doesn't even look like a design. The symbol has gained characteristics very close to real food. The modification of the cone occurred after being criticized due to its unappetizing and very artificial appearance. The new design now features a sandwich filled with cream cheese.
Bagel emoji on different platforms Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
5. Change in hamburger emoji
In the food industry, there was still polemic with the hamburger emoji. A comparison between Apple and Google figures has generated a funny discussion on the Internet. All this because, in Google's image, cheese appears under the meat, while in the symbols of other companies, such as Apple, the cheese is on top. At the time, Google spoke up and said it would "correct" the mistake.
Apple also did not fall behind in the criticism, after all, lettuce was also out of its standard position on the iPhone the hortalia was below the meat and not over the hamburger, as it should be. The Unicode Consortium defines what the hamburger should take, on the other hand, does not mention the organization of food.
Cheese over or under meat? Which one is right (Photo: Playback / Twitter) Photo: Twitter
6. Squirrel Emoji Locking WhatsApp
Already the squirrel emoji was responsible for causing a bug in WhatsApp. When trying to remove or touch a picture of the pet, followed by the message tap here or "If you touch the black dot your WhatsApp will crash", users of the app reported a lock on the messenger or even the smartphone. The glitch was not a virus, but it affected Android phones, and could only be resolved by closing and opening the app or restarting the phone. That's because, according to the Android Xataka website, the emoji was shipped along with over 4,000 hidden characters, more than WhatsApp supports. Erasing the message undamaged was only possible through WhatsApp Web or by deleting the entire conversation from the app.
WhatsApp: Failure can crash app and phone with just one message Photo: Bruno De Blasi / TechTudo
7. Emojis Used With Different Directions From Originals
An image can have more than one meaning, and in the case of emojis, the difference in interpretation of each figure can be even greater since they vary by technology company. To cite a two-way example, this emoji (see image below) was meant to indicate an embarrassed face. Users of iOS, however, usually use it to represent some scared. J who uses Android understands the picture as something related to compliance. Finally, people who use Windows use the emoji to represent a joy, like luck, with narrow eyes.
Unlike what you think, this emoji is just ashamed (Reproduction / Gabriella Fiszman) Photo: Unlike what you think, this emoji is just ashamed (Reproduction / Gabriella Fiszman)
In order to reduce the taboo surrounding the theme, the menstruation emoji has never been approved by the Unicode Consortium. Created by Plan International UK, the drawing of a smiling blood droplet is on the waiting list after the attempt to approve another, more explicit emoji: a blood-dropping panties. The panties won a survey by Plan that created five designs including an absorbent, a third, a menstrual calendar and blood droplets and asked their readers to choose which one would best represent menstruation. Among the figures in the 2019 package is the image of a drop of blood, with a broad description, including menstruation.
Blood Drop Emoji Wants to Facilitate Menstrual Conversations Photo: Divulgao / Plan International UK