You've been using the 'pleading face' emoji wrong & it actually means something VERY different

IT'S our go-to emoji when we're asking our partner to pick up a takeaway on the way home from work or trying to get out of taking the kids to football.

But it turns out the "pleading face" emoji has a VERY different meaning these days – and we've been using it wrong for months.

Speaking to the Metro, Emojipedia’s Deputy Emoji Officer Keith Broni, claimed what we always assumed was just an innocent cute face has dramatically fallen out of fashion.

He explained: "The Pleading Face emoji is actually falling in popularity at present. 

"At its peak in early-to-mid 2020, Pleading Face was the third most popular emoji on Twitter, propelled in part through its association with the bashful/shy emoji meme (where the pleading face is used in between two pointing finger emoji)."

But in the past 18 months, the emoji has become associated with "simping"- which the Urban Dictionary defines as someone who becomes a total pushover in the hopes of getting laid.

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The expert continued: "‘Simping can be considered quite cringe – given that the affection/desire being expressed is almost always unreciprocated by definition – and it does also have needy/desperate connotations that can be described in some NSFW fashions."

And if you thought a thumbs up emoji was an easy and effective way of acknowledging a text, we have some unsettling news.

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Last year, a fight among the cast members of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City threw everything we knew about the emoji into question.

It all kicked off when Heather Gay responded to Lisa Barlow's party invitation with two thumbs up emojis.

Although she initially said the text was meant innocently, Heather later said: "Two thumbs-up is the f**k you and that’s universal text code."

When asked by a producer if she meant the thumbs up emoji to mean "f**k you", Heather replied: "Absolutely."

However, the exchange left people – who used the thumbs up emoji in a VERY different way – completely baffled.

One wrote: "A thumbs up emoji means f**k you?!? Lol oh boy my boss isn’t gonna be happy with me."

Another added: "Okay I just watched the new #RHOSLC episode and does the thumbs up emoji have a meaning that I was unaware of? Have I been using it incorrectly this whole time???"

That said, Urban Dictionary claims the emoji is still used as a "sign of approval" and "well wishes" in response to everyday messages.

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