When it comes to emoji meanings, we think all interpretations are fair. In fact, we encourage creative emoji usage. After all, they're meant to be playful. Personally, emoji conversations are when I get to let my sass flag fly. Yet they're also supposed to speed up and ease communication. And since we also believe in the importance of being direct and straightforward, this open-interpretation policy can lead to some sticky situations and real-life mishaps that can't be blamed on Mercury retrograding. If ending a sentence with a period via text can result in monstrous consequences, then surely an emoji can too.
So in an effort to set the record straight and send clearer messages, we consulted Emojipedia. And much to our horror, we found out that our "frequently used" emoji keyboard has been living a lie (you'll see what we're talking about once you read what these symbols actually mean). Specifically, language barriers and cultural nuances have made the meanings of many of our favorite emojis quite confusing, if not misleading. On the bright side, these kooky emoji meanings may also inspire some new group text jokes or elevator talk for your next awkward encounter. Scroll down to find out the Emojipedia definition of 20 emojis so you feel informed before hitting the send button.