Commonly Used Emojis and What They Actually Mean

Using Emojis is a trend on the internet. Whether you are using it on the social networking websites, or in text messaging, everyone, uses emojis to show what they are currently feeling. Emojis have been used as a way of expression and people use it according to what they understand of it. And let me tell you this, that most of the time, we interpret these emojis the wrong way.

Following are a number of emojis, which I often use, and have been using these in a very different perspective in comparison to what they actually mean. Let’s look at what these emojis actually mean, and what majority of the users, including myself, interpret it as.

1. Clapping Emoji


Clapping Hands Emoji
Clapping Hands Emoji

The clapping emoji is often misinterpreted as a gesture one does when praying, or when you are being courteous to someone by saying please or thank you for using your hands as a gesture. Or, I usually used it as a requesting gesture when I want when of my friends to stop talking or stop troubling me  But in actual, this emoji is a ‘clapping hands’ emoji. It’s two hands, clapping, while the motion of clapping hands is represented by the design around the clapping hands, which gives it a moving effect while it is nothing but an image. And this is just one of the emojis that we, often misinterpret. People should be using it when they want to clap for someone, or what someone said, in a genuine, or a sarcastic way.

2. Waving Hand Emoji


Waving Hand Emoji
Waving Hand Emoji

One of my most favorite emojis. I usually used this when I wanted to slap a friend in a funny way, through messages of course. And the lines around the hand gave it a moving impact. Many of the people over the internet are also seen using this, in the same sense. Turns out, it is not a slap emoji. It is a waving hand emoji. When you wave at someone in real life, usually when meeting or going, your hand in a sideways motion at them. This emoji is used to wave a hello or a goodbye, depending on whether you just entered the conversation or are leaving it.

3. Folded Hands


Folded Hands Emoji
Folded Hands Emoji

The way everyone uses a certain emoji can be so different. So is the case with this emoji, which is used as a person praying, somewhat similar to the clapping emoji. But, this image does not show any motion. And in actual, this emoji represents when someone is showing a gesture to thank someone or to say please in a respectful manner. People also use this emoji when they want to show a hi-five gesture between two people, which again, is another interpretation of this Folded Hands emoji.

4. Open Hands


Open Hands Emoji
Open Hands Emoji

I always interpreted this emoji as a hands-down emoji, to show someone a little appreciation for what they did or said. Turns out, this is actually an open hands emoji, which is in a way gesturing someone to hug them, or showing that they want to hug the other person. Never thought of that before. But I guess this is what makes emojis more fun to use. People interpret the same thing in a million different ways.

5. Nail Polish Hands Emoji


Nail Polish Emoji
Nail Polish Hands Emoji

The nail polish hands were supposed to show how cool you are, and how you are a superstar. But in actual, it is just an emoji to show if you actually are applying a nail paint right now, or chilling at your house doing this, or are at the spa.

6. Dizzy Emoji


dizzy emoji
Dizzy Emoji

When you feel a little dizzy, or your head is spinning because of whatever reasons, this Dizzy Emoji is what you should be using to represent your feeling. People have been using this in a completely different meaning. It looks like a shooting star when you look at it. But, in reality, it is just a spinning star, just how it appears in a cartoon when the cartoon character gets hit by something on the head and feels dizzy, stars start rotating right above or around his head.

astonished emoji
astonished emoji

7. Astonished Emoji


This is one of the emojis people interpret in quite the opposite sense. According to the trends seen on the internet, some people have been using this emoji to show that the person is dying, or is feeling the need to die. This emoji could be anything but related to death. It is a smiley giving an expression of shock or astonishment

8. Slightly Smiling Emoji Face


Slightly Smiling Emoji
Slightly Smiling Emoji

My most favorite, and most commonly used emoji. The not so smiley, smiley. I usually use it a sense where I want the reader to see that I am not entirely happy with what they did but ‘okay anyway’. Turns out this is not an emoji that would represent disappointment in any way, but in fact is a smiley to show that you are happy in a content way.

Habiba Rehman
Major love for reading, but writing is what keeps me going. Dream to publish my own novels someday.