The Meaning Behind 7 Weird Emojis

The Oxford Dictionary named the “Tears of Joy” emoji the 2015 Word of the year and Sony Pictures Animation is planning on making an animated film based on emojis. There are a total of 1,620 emojis supported on all Apple iPhone products with the new iOS 9.1 upgrade and almost half of them are either useless or confusing. Most of us use them daily while texting but there are many emojis that we misinterpret due to their bizarre meanings that aren’t as obvious as you think.

Anger symbol – This shape might get mistaken for a firework or maybe surround sound. However, it originated from anime/manga  where it represented veins showing on someone got angry or upset. It can also be found in many comic books, where it is usually accompanied by the words “Pow” or “Bam” to indicate punches.

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Anger symbol emoji

Woman with Bunny Ears – Most girls use this when they’re hanging out with their best friend or when they’re at a party trying to show how much more fun they’re having than you. This emoji was actually inspired by the notorious Playboy Bunnies models, which are known in Japan as Bunny Girls. A Bunny Girl can also be found in Japanese anime as a human/animal hybrid.

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Woman With Bunny Ears emoji

Love Hotel – When your friend or family member is sick you send them a pink hospital with a heart emoji to show that you care. Unfortunately this emoticon is widely misused due to its similarity to the hospital emoji, the H on the building stands for hotel, specifically a “love hotel”.

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Love Hotel emoji

Japanese Ogre – This can be used as a visual representation of “I’m not ready yet” or “I woke up like this”. This Japanese mask, called Namahage, is worn by men on New Year’s Eve.  They will dress up as a hideous ogre with crooked teeth and horns to scare off evil spirits and to bring good luck.

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Japanese Ogre emoji

Postal Horn – This emoji is used to announce great news such as a high score in Candy Crush or a record of being awake for 22 consecutive hours due to homework. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it was used to indicate mail being delivered and when the horn was blown people knew it was coming.

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Postal Horn emoji

Information Desk Person – This extremely popular emoji is used to indicate a sassy or sarcastic tone. But it is intended to represent just a helpful employee at an information desk you would find at a hotel or museum.

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Information Desk Person

Moon Viewing Ceremony – It looks like a painting of peaceful scenery with a stack of ping pong balls or eggs. Every fall Japanese families get together to celebrate the full moon, they are called moon viewing ceremonies or Tsukimi. The emoji also shows Japanese pampas grass and dango, a sweet Japanese dessert, which is used during the ceremony.

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Moon Viewing Ceremony


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