Emoticons That You Probably Misunderstood

Emoticons That You Probably Misunderstood

Millennials tend to use fewer words and more often abbreviations to convey their thoughts with each other. But while texting, they rely mostly on emoticons. And why not, they are quick, fun and amazing to look at. More than that, they help you convey your thoughts without the hassle of framing a sentence. You’re angry, use the red-face emoticon. You are happy, use the smiling emoticon.

While these are some of the basic ones, your social media platform is coming with new ones every now and then. They aim to make your conversations a lot smoother and more effortless. But often, these emoticons are misunderstood because of various reasons. You are using a particular emoticon because maybe someone told you so, or maybe you thought so. But the creators might not have that thought in their mind while making it. So, knowing the real meaning behind them can be quite fun. Also, you would not want to feel stupid in front of someone while sending them the wrong emoticon in a wrong situation. So, let us unravel the truth behind these emojis:

Face with Tears of Joy

face with tears of joy Emoticons Misunderstood

Well, this one has to top the list. Not just because it is the ‘most’ commonly used emoji on social media websites in the year 2015, but because it is also one of the most misunderstood emoticons of all times. But the fact that many people misinterpret this emoji as a crying face. Maybe that is because of the tears. Well, those are the tears of joy. So, sending out this emoji when you need to pay condolences to someone is not a great idea. However, we hope that you get various reasons to share this emoji in its true sense with your friends and family members.

Dancing Spanish Senoritas

girls with bunny ears Emoticon Misunderstood

The emoticon showing two women wearing bunny ears can be easily misunderstood as girls happily dancing. So, a girl texting their friends with this emoticon could mean that she is really looking forward to their party. But according to Goldberg notes, this emoticon was actually proposed to represent the ‘Bunny Girl’ which is a subservient Japanese symbol. It is associated with sexual appeal and is also quite popular in fetish cosplay. Thus, sending this emoji to a guy might give him false signals. So, watch out girls. However, there are other dancing girl emojis available that only imply to dancing. You can consider the dancing girls, tap dancing girls, or even ballet dancing girls.

Love Hotel

 Emoji Love Hotel

Easily misconstrued for a hospital, this is probably not the right emoticon to send someone who is not feeling well. Most people think that the letter “H” indicate hospital while it is actually a love hotel. See the pink coloured heart near it? That denotes love while the letter “H” indicates hotel. While you would be thinking that what’s so wrong about it. Well, the truth is much more scandalous. Love hotel usually refers to a place where you would check in with your lover, and then leave shortly afterward. So, now you probably get why you should send it to someone who is ill and ideally not to someone who is not in a romantic relationship with you.

Japanese Ogre

Ogre Emoji

Well, to be honest almost everyone would interpret this emoticon as a devil. Thanks to its horns, long teeth, the bulging eyes, and the vibrant red face. Everything about this emoji feels demonic. But the truth is completely opposite. It is actually a Japanese ogre which intended to illustrate an ogre, named Namahage, featured in Japanese folklore. This is meant to ward off evil spirits from homes. So, other than being an evil, the emoji itself is known to save you from the evil.

Some Fun Facts about Emoticons

Here are a few fun facts about emoticons that you may like:

  • The first emoji was created in 1999 by a team working on Japanese mobile phone provider i-mode’s messaging features.
  • Originally meaning ‘pictograph’, the word emoji literally means ‘picture’ (e) and ‘character’ (moji).
  • There are more than 722 different emoji characters available in the standard Unicode set shared by most platforms.
  • The word ’emoji’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013.
  • In April 2015, Andy Murray posted a wedding day tweet which described the day in emoji.

Emoticons are so much fun. You can probably have a conversation all by themselves and don’t really need a single word to convey your thoughts. They are truly a gift by technology to us. And with so many more on the way, it is going to be a lot quicker and easier. But, be sure you know your emoticons well before using them. You do not want to give out any wrong signals or hurt someone’s feelings. Also, let us know which emoticon is you favourite in the comment section below.