In a time where almost every day seems to be a new unheard-of celebration (World Milk Day, National Wine Day… really?) you are probably not surprised to find out that today is World Emoji Day! Emojis have come a long way since they were designed in 1999 and have become a default form of expression for many millennials, crossing the boundaries of the written language. Currently, over 6 Billion emojis are sent every day and have become a part of everyday life for most of us.
Currently, over 722 emoji characters are available, with Apple unveiling its latest emoji releases earlier today! See a sneak preview of the newcomers here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-44856509 which Apple and Android will roll out onto devices through software updates in the next few months.
Emojis may be our universal language, but there can often be a lot of confusion to what some of them mean. Take a look at what we have voted to be our top most misinterpreted emojis:
What we think it means: Smug
What it really means: A moon with a face, hiding in shadow.
What we think it means: Shocked
What it really means: A screaming face holding the jaw and cheeks in fear.
What we think it means: Devil
What it really means: A Japanese ogre
What we think it means: Face palm
What it really means: See no evil
What we think it means: High five
What it really means: Praying hands
What we think it means: Sassy
What it really means: Information desk person
What we think it means: Jazz Hands
What it really means: Happy face with hugging hands
Which emoji is your ultimate favourite? Which one helps you communicate when words fail you? Which one have you been using wrong this whole time?