10 Common Emojis You’re Using Wrong


Billions of emojis are used daily in chats. But, the question is: Are you using those emojis in the right way? Chances are you’re not. That said, here are ten common emojis you’re probably using wrong.

10. Woman Tipping Hand

Woman Tipping Hand
Source: Wikimedia Commons By Vincent Le Moign [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)]
If you thought the “woman tipping hand” emoji was used to convey sass, you’re not alone. I’ve seen it used that way so many times, especially in comments under YouTube videos. But, if you’re using it in that way, you’re using it incorrectly. So, what is its actual meaning, then? It’s an information desk person.

FUN FACT: In addition to being used as a “sassy girl,” this emoji is also used by people to represent a bellhop, a concierge, and hair flicking.

9. Folded Hands

Folded Hands
Source: Wikimedia Commons By Google [Apache License 2.0 (http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0)]
The “folded hands” (or “hands pressed together”) emoji isn’t symbolic of praying hands, as I’m sure many of you thought. It can mean one of two things depending on where you’re from. In Japan people use it to ask for forgiveness — which is sorta like praying since forgiveness is one of the things you pray for, but I digress. In America, it’s supposed to be used as a high-five.

FUN FACT: This emoji is also known as the namaste, please or thank you emoji.

8. Smile with Tongue Sticking Out

Smile Tongue Out
Source: Wikimedia Commons By Vincent Le Moign [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)]
If you think this is a joking emoji, the joke is on you. It’s actually a face that is savoring food — either in anticipation of a delicious meal or contentment after eating one. According to Emojipedia, it’s also commonly used to express that a person is attractive.

-This emoji is also known as the goofy face or hungry face.
-There is a similar emoji that actually means joking or just kidding. It’s the face with small, open eyes and a big grin, playfully sticking out its tongue.

7. Face Without a Mouth

Face Without Mouth
Source: Wikimedia Commons By Vincent Le Moign [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)]
The “face without a mouth” emoji is often used to convey confusion or angst. But, if you’re using it in that way, you’re not using it correctly. It’s actually supposed to convey silence. Many people often use it to convey other things, too, for example, moderately negative emotions such as disappointment, frustration, or sadness.

-This emoji is also known as blank face and mouthless because it appears as though the face is at a loss for words.
-Samsung’s previous design of this emoji featured raised eyebrows and blushing cheeks.

6. Peace Sign

V For Victory
Source: Wikimedia Commons By Google [Apache License 2.0 (http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0)]
People have been using this sign for decades, long before emojis ever came on the scene. And, guess what? They were using it wrong then, and they’re still using it in the wrong way today. Ask anyone and they’ll likely tell you that those two fingers represent the peace sign. But, they actually symbolize a “V” for “Victory.” Just be careful you don’t reverse this symbol, especially when conversing with someone who’s British. That’s because the reverse is considered an offensive gesture, similar to giving someone the finger in America!

FUN FACT: This emoji is also known as air quotes.

5. Sad but Relieved

Sad But Relieved
Source: Wikimedia Commons By Vincent Le Moign [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)]
It’s very easy to see how one could confuse the “sad but relieved” emoji with a person crying. It is after all a sad face with what appears to be a single teardrop. But, if you look closer, you’ll notice that the tear isn’t coming from the eye — it’s actually coming from the forehead, or eyebrow, depending on how you look at it. That said, it’s actually a single bead of sweat dripping down. That sweat likely came from concern or anxiety.

FUN FACT: The “crying face” emoji is almost identical to this one. The difference is that the droplet is actually under the eye and the eyebrows don’t curve downward.

4. Backhand Index Pointing Down

Pointing Down
Source: Wikimedia Commons By Emoji One [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
Okay, so you’re probably not using this emoji wrong. Yes, it is used to direct someone’s attention to the things you’ve written below. But, did you know this emoji has another meaning? Yep, it’s true. According to Bright Side, the “pointing down” emoji also symbolizes being under-the-weather or feeling down. I guess you would have to make sure you have some accompanying text to go along with it or else people may misconstrue what you’re actually trying to say.

3. HMPH!

Source: Wikimedia Commons By Google [Apache License 2.0 (http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0)]
If you spend any significant amount of time on social media, you have seen this emoji used a lot — especially by people who are trying to make a point of some sort. And, in all honesty, it really does look as if this emoji is saying “hmph” or is huffing or fuming. But, that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Believe it or not, it actually means triumph. And, according to Emojipedia, “the steam from its nose may derive from a visual shorthand for frustration or disdain in anime and manga.”

FUN FACT: The emoji is often used to convey various negative emotions, too, including anger, irritation, and contempt. It is also sometimes used to convey feelings of pride, dominance, and empowerment.

2. Cheeseburger

Source: Wikimedia Commons By Twitter [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)]
You are probably saying to yourself, “There is no way in the world I could be using this emoji wrong!” Well, yes and no. It is definitely a burger, but it’s not a cheeseburger. It’s a hamburger. Huh? Yeah, that’s what we said, too. But, apparently that yellow substance under the bun isn’t actually cheese — it’s mustard! At least that’s what we are to assume anyway since it’s officially called a hamburger by Unicode. Crazy, but true. Seriously, though, how on earth would we be able to tell that it’s mustard and not cheese?! After all, emojis aren’t but so big. You’d need a microscope to see that, and even then it’d still probably look like cheese.

1. Ballerina

Source: Wikimedia Commons By Google [Apache License 2.0 (http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0)]
Just by looking at this emoji you would think it was depicting a ballerina, or perhaps maybe even a random dancer. But, you would be incorrect to think so. Now, we know you are not going to believe this, so brace yourself. This “ballerina” is actually a woman making an OK gesture! And, yes, there is a male version, too. Ironically, there is also a non-gender version (called Person Gesturing OK) that is identical in appearance to the female version. Go figure.
So, just how exactly did Unicode come up with the meaning for this emoji? According to Emojipedia, the image is showing a woman with her arms above her, making an “OK” sign (circle) with her whole body.


What emojis have you been using wrong? Leave your confession in the comments below, LOL!