Many users mistakenly believe that this emoji symbolizes prayer. In fact, this is the gesture Japanese people use to ask for forgiveness. Moreover, the American explanation says it means “high-five!”
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At first glance, you might think that this emoji means a kiss. But this is just a whistle. It’s easy to mix it up with the same emoji that has a heart next to it and it’s that one that actually symbolizes a kiss.
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That’s not a simple pink ribbon, but the symbol for fighting cancer, however, the more familiar symbol looks a little different. In widespread use, this emoji is used as a symbol of happy events.
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Not only does this emoji symbolize a wish to direct your chat partner’s attention to the things written below, but it also symbolizes being under-the-weather or feeling down.
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The right-facing fist is a sign of respect and being congratulatory.
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That’s not a rutabaga as one might think, but a roasted sweet potato known as yaki-imo in Japan.
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This emoji symbolizes a Japanese dish called kamaboko — a fish cake with a pink swirl. It can also symbolize the @ sign of an e-mail.
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This emoji came from comic strips where it meant “Bam!” When used in chats, it means that your chat partner has lost their temper or crossed the line.
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We are used to thinking that a red cross means a ban. However, apart from that, this emoji might also symbolize a kiss in an English chat.
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This emoji represents the mask of ’Tengu’ – a demon from Japanese mythology. ’Becoming Tengu’ means demonstrating arrogance and complacency and it is a way to hint to your chat partner that they are becoming arrogant.
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It might seem like this emoji symbolizes something bad, however, in fact, it has a totally opposite meaning. It shows the Japanese ogre, Namahage, which drives evil spirits away.
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The abbreviation NG on the emoji above has been interpreted in various ways: no girls, no guys, and even something connected with the surname Nguyen. In fact, it means no good — in Asian countries this expression is often shortened to 2 letters.
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