Your favourite emoji don't mean what you think they mean

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As the world celebrates 38 new emoji (including bacon and face palm) we have bad news: you've very likely been using several existing ones all wrong.

As Wired first noted, documents from the Unicode Consortium, who design smartphone emojis, show some of our favourite symbols (notably the happy face, crying face, super crying face and shocked face) don't mean what we think they mean.

This Unicode document about changes to emoji to make them clearer reveals more. Prepare to have your mind blown.

Thought this was shocked face? Nope


Thought this was crying face? Nope


Thought this was happy face? Nope


Thought this was angry face? Nope


Thought this was angry face? Nope


Thought this was shocked face? Nope


Life changing.

More: This is probably the most in-depth analysis of worldwide emoji usage ever undertaken

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