This Is What Emojis Actually Mean In Different Countries

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We officially know what the United States’ most used emoji is, and no, it’s not the poop one. According to a survey by High Speed Internet, it’s actually the laughing face! But Ireland’s fave is the poop one, so maybe we should all just relocate. Moving on.

In an effort to study what different emojis mean in different countries (an eggplant isn’t actually an eggplant, guys…), High Speed Internet surveyed the major English-speaking countries and determined that what one emoji means in the UK could mean something completely different in the U.S.

The peach emoji, for example, is symbolic for a person’s butt in the U.K., whereas in the U.S., it’s just, well, a peach. We’re very literal, us Americans.

Ireland, Jamaica, and Trinidad all consider the eggplant emoji a “sexual reference,” whereas every other English-speaking country surveyed considered it an actual eggplant. The list continues, and somehow, the only ones all the countries could agree meant the same thing were the praying hands, and the water droplets, which mean “Praying” and “Rain” respectively.

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Furthermore, the study also showed what different age groups think specific emojis mean. For example, amongst people 18-24, the water and eggplant emojis were both considered “sexual reference,” but were just “Rain” and “Eggplant” for everyone else. Telling.

But wait! There’s more! The survey also uncovered the most confusing emojis, which were the little “hugging” one, the neutral face, the praying (“folded”) hands, the face with its tongue out, and the peach. Although, the peach has leaves on it, so it’s clearly a peach, but whatever. People are weird.

Not counting the good, old-fashioned smiley face emoji, the teary-eyed laughing face emoji was the most used in the U.S., the U.K., and Jamaica. Canada and New Zealand’s favorite was the red heart, South Africa’s was the kissy face (flirty!), and Ireland’s was the poop (commence relocation). Australia’s was the one with the tongue sticking out, which, honestly, we can get behind.

Lastly, but definitely not least important, the survey found that the United States and Trinidad were the two most “emoji-happy” countries, meaning that we use emojis 51-75 percent of the time. That’s a lot of emojis, and proud of it! So, lesson learned, don’t use the eggplant emoji amongst 18-24-year-olds in Jamaica, Ireland, or Trinidad. You don’t need a sexual harassment case on your hands.

But, in all seriousness, it's amazing how the same little picture can mean different things to different people. Just be careful of what you use and where you are! 

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