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11 Emojis We Have Been Using Wrong Until This Moment

People relate to emojis differently: on one hand, they help express almost any feelings without many words, on the other hand, sometimes we end up not getting the point or the emotion that the person we are talking with was trying to convey to us. The only thing that’s clear — these unique pictures have firmly become a part of our life.

We at Bright Side believe that smileys and other symbols expressing emotions are a big part of internet culture and it will be beneficial to learn to understand them correctly. Our compilation lists the secret meanings to the most controversial emojis, which still remain a mystery to many.


Many users mistakenly believe that this emoji only symbolizes prayer. In fact, this emoji has many different explanations. Besides prayer, it represents “thank you,” “please,” a respectful greeting or sign of adoration, and even a “high-five!”


At first glance, you might think that this is an emoji of a kiss, but it’s actually a whistle. It’s especially noticeable when paired with a musical note. However, it’s easy to mix it up with the same emoji with a heart next to it; that’s the one that symbolizes a kiss.


Not only does this emoji symbolize a wish to direct your chat partner’s attention to the things written below, but it also symbolizes being under-the-weather or feeling down.


The right-facing fist is a sign of respect and being congratulatory.


That’s not a rutabaga as one might think, but a roasted sweet potato known as yaki-imo in Japan.


This emoji symbolizes a Japanese dish called kamaboko — a fish cake with a pink swirl.


This emoji came from comic strips where it meant “Bam!” When used in chats, it means that your chat partner has lost their temper or crossed the line.


We are used to thinking that a red cross means a ban. However, apart from that, this emoji might also symbolize a kiss in an English chat.


This emoji represents the mask of Tengu — a demon from Japanese mythology. “Becoming Tengu” means demonstrating cruel or mischievous behavior, and it is a way to hint at your chat partner that they’re about to cross that line.


It might seem like this emoji symbolizes something bad, however, in fact, it has a totally opposite meaning. It shows the Japanese ogre, Namahage, which drives evil spirits away.


The abbreviation NG on the emoji above has been interpreted in various ways: no girls, no guys... In fact, it means no good — in Japanese television, the bloopers of live shows were known like this.

Which other emojis would you include in this compilation? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!

Please note: This article was updated in May 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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