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12 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 symbolizes prayer. In fact, this is the gesture Japanese people use to ask for forgiveness. Moreover, the American explanation says it means “high-five!”


At first glance, you might think that this emoji means a kiss. But this is just a whistle. It’s easy to mix it up with the same emoji that has a heart next to it and it’s that one that actually symbolizes a kiss.


That’s not a simple pink ribbon, but the symbol for fighting cancer, however, the more familiar symbol looks a little different. In widespread use, this emoji is used as a symbol of happy events.


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. It can also symbolize the @ sign of an e-mail.


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 arrogance and complacency and it is a way to hint to your chat partner that they are becoming arrogant.


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, and even something connected with the surname Nguyen. In fact, it means no good — in Asian countries this expression is often shortened to 2 letters.

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

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