The Unicode Consortium recently added a new set of emojis to the incumbent ones and there is this pinched fingers emoji among the new list. This very emoji is causing confusion as people in different places are giving it different meanings.
The pinched fingers emoji, according to its creators, represent the Italian way of asking “What do you want?” So, basically the meaning of the emoji is what do you want?
But hand gestures, although may be the same, may have different meanings in different regions of the world. For example, I watch Indian and Middle Eastern movies and this same hand sign is used a lot in such movies. It is mostly used when someone is upset and complaining about something. They’ll be waving their pinched fingers in your face like, “Why did you that? Do you know what you’ve caused?”
That’s the real-life application of the pinched fingers I have seen. Others have also attached different meanings to the emoji. Similar to what I have seen, Israeli journalist, Kim Zetter, has shared what the gesture means in Israel.
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According to the journalist, the pinched fingers gesture could have a couple of meanings. One is you’re annoyed or angry with someone, which is pretty similar to what I see in Bollywood and Middle Eastern movies.
In Israel, you generally use this gesture when you're annoyed or angry with someone – it means "hold your horses," "just a minute", "be patient" or even "wtf?" Apparently, not everyone uses it this way. I'm guessing this new emoji is going to be confusing. https://t.co/7Ngje3Rd5V
— Kim Zetter (@KimZetter) January 29, 2020
Comical interpretation is not left out. Some say the pinched fingers emoji could mean “pinch of salt” when it is turned upside down. This could be stretched to mean there’s little truth in it; but sorry to burst your bubble, the emoji is not turned.
If we flip it, it’s the international symbol for a “pinch of salt” pic.twitter.com/SLvySM8sHI
— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) January 29, 2020
Then there’s those who find love in everything. These ones have associated the emoji with the phrase “I mandu you” from South Korean Pop star Kwon Yuri. This phrase basically means “I love you”.
“I MANDU YOU”
– Kwon Yuri 😍
MANDU HEART 💕 pic.twitter.com/gFs7lggOUY
— sᴏsʜɪᴜ ♡ (@SoshIU_) January 30, 2020
In Nigeria, the pinched fingers gesture is said to mean a back-and-forth argument (“gbas gbos”). The gesture can also be used in India as a way of asking if someone is hungry.
As all the people on this earth do not have the same culture, gestures either with the face or fingers would mean something different to everyone. But it is also good to know the actual meaning of your chosen emoji, even if it has a different meaning in your culture.