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If you're honest with yourself when you use an emoji you're not 100% what it means. Does 🤤 mean you've loaded up on morphine? And 😑 means you've attained enlightenment? Don't even ask what 😮  could possibly be mistaken for. The interpretations are endless. 

With more and more of us preferring to communicate via text it's crucial that we get across exactly what it is that you want to say. 

As always, we're here to help. With a little help from emojipedia - yes there is such a thing - we've put together the top five most confusing and misunderstood emojis to prevent you coming across as a pervert or completely out of touch. 

 

UPSIDE DOWN FACE 🙃

No this doesn't mean you're texting upside down. According to emojipedia it represents a "sense silliness or goofiness. Sometimes used as an ambiguous emotion, such as joking or sarcasm." It's also known as the sarcasm or silly face. 

If you are actually upside down then it's the one to use. It can also come in handy if you're looking up at something very tall. "Hey John, yeah date is going well. She's pretty tall 🙃"

SLEEPY FACE 😪

Perhaps the most confusing face on the emoji menu. You'd be forgiven for believing this meant something other than sleepy face as its also known as side-tear or snot bubble face. 

Once again emojipedia steps in for clarification: 

"Not to be confused with Sleeping Face Emoji, this sleepy-face emoji features a snot bubble coming out of the nose. This is used in anime and manga to indicate that a character is sleeping." See extremely helpful picture below to understand where the inspiration for the face comes from. 

TIRED FACE 😫

This smiley looks like a mixture of a person passing kidney stones and suffering from a brain freeze at the same time. In actual fact it's "an exhausted-looking face with an open mouth and tightly closed eyes. On some platforms this emoji is similar in appearance to the Weary Face, and not to be confused with the Sleeping Face which is actually asleep."

If you think of it as a man throwing a tantrum that should help.  

FACE WITH STEAM FROM THE NOSE 😤

Emojipedia has the incredibly precise definition of this smiley as "a face with air coming out of its nose, in a proud yet disdainful way." When was the last time you expelled air out of your nose in a proud yet disdainful way? Or had a face with "the look of triumph"?

The best example we can think of for this face is the character Pai Mei from the film Kill Bill. It's not important to have a long white goatee to flick but it helps make your point. 

Let's face it, the majority of us just thought it meant really annoyed or pissed off with/at something. 

PERSON TIPPING HAND 💁

There are numerous interpretations of this symbol, however, most users believe it's simply a sassy girl flicking her hair. 

Emojipedia gives the main meaning as:

"An information desk person, iconically represented in the Apple emoji artwork as a girl holding out her hand as if she were a waitress carrying an invisible tray of drinks."

But acknowledge that it "can be used for a variety of interpretations, such as sassiness or sarcasm." It can also mean "bell hop", "concierge", and "sassy girl" and "hair flick".

The male version (Man Tipping Hand on Apple iOS 10.2) has the single, clearer definition of "Information Desk Person". We can't be sassy or flick our hair.

 

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