8 emojis that could be sending the wrong message

# Last Updated On: April 2, 2020 #

Communicating through texts can be a bit difficult, what with not having any expressions to convey the ‘mood’ of what you’re writing. Enter emojis! Invented by Shigetaka Kurita back in 1998, there’s no denying the fact that without emojis our conversations online (or via text messaging) would be far sadder and more confusing.

From new emojis being released every few months, to emoji keyboards, these fellows are everywhere these days, even in the dictionary. We all have our favorite emojis, but what if I told you that some of the most frequently used little yellow faces out there don’t mean what you think they mean, and that you’ve been using them all wrong this whole time? Here are eight emojis that you’ve probably been using wrong.

The Stressed out/worried emoji

stressedWe all know this one. You’ve had a tough day at work, or you’ve got an exam coming up and you text this to your BFF thinking it perfectly conveys exactly what you’re feeling. You’d be wrong, however, because this particular emoji’s name is actually ‘confounded face’, which means you’re supposed to use it when expressing anger or annoyance.

Wide smile emoji


This one’s not only often confused with its close cousin, ‘grinning face with smiling eyes’, they’re even used interchangeably. You’ve probably used this to express happiness, or just a broad smile. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but what this emoji is actually grimacing. Quite a difference from the intended meaning.

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‘I’ve got a cold’/’I’m so sad’ emoji


It’s easy to understand why this one would be misused. While many have caught on to the fact that that is not a tear, but a snot bubble, unless you’re familiar with anime or manga expressions, you probably don’t know that that’s actually a sleepy face.

‘Dead’ emoji


Yes, this one doesn’t mean what you think it means either. It’s often used after describing some mortifying situation, but it’s actually meant to convey dizziness.

Surprised emoji

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Well, this is awkward. While we’ve all been expressing our shock and surprise through this emoji, it’s actually meant to express being serious and quiet. Its official name is ‘hushed face’. Mind = blown. It’s often confused with its look-a-like, ‘astonished face’. Can’t imagine why.

Huffing angry emoji


Have you been using this emoji to express how furious you are? Well, boy have I got news for you. This is called the “Face With Look Of Triumph” and it’s supposed to be used to express winning, obviously. What else could nose steam possibly mean?

Tongue out smiley emoji


This is another one of those emojis we’ve all been using wrong. While there are several emojis that have their tongues out, they’re mostly used interchangeably. They’re most often thought to mean ‘silly’ and used when joking about something. Well, I’m sorry to burst that bubble, but this particular emoji is actually supposed to describe ‘savoring delicious food’.

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The Poop emoji


Listen, there’s no reason even denying that this is one of, if not your absolute favorite emoji. Used in millions of situations, whether as an adjective to describe a certain type of day, or just to make a friend smile, you really wouldn’t expect it to make it on a list of emojis that we all use wrong. But here it is. Why? Well because the poop emoji is supposed to be used to say ‘Good Luck’. Yep, you read that right. Poop, in Japanese culture, means good luck.

These are not the only emojis that mean something different then what you thought, they’re just the most popular ones. That said, if you, like me, are now more confused than ever about what some of the emojis you’ve been using actually mean, fret not. At the end of the day, as long as the person you’re talking with gets what you’re trying to say, does it really matter what the emojis are ‘supposed’ to mean?

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