The “OK” hand gesture was commonly used in society for years and was made into a popular emoji in the year 2010. The emoji’s original meaning was closely associated with the American interpretation of the hand gesture. To use this emoji, you would be expressing agreement or approval either to something a friend had just said or to support something you were saying in conjunction with the emoji.

While it is still commonly used to express approval, the places they are commonly used have changed. On Twitter, you will find many things however a shortage of popular internet culture is not one of them. Thousands of pictures are posted to twitter every day, and some of them contain the “OK” hand emoji. The posted picture may be of anything: a nice house, an expensive car or a group of friends. While the content may change, the tags are usually the same. Something you will typically see is the word “Goals” with an assortment of emoji’s following it. The most common emoji in this string of symbols is the “OK” hand gesture.

The second most used place you may find the emoji is within something called a copy pasta. Copy pastas are essentially a large block of text that can be copied and pasted numerous times. The particular kind of copy pasta I am referencing is a line of text and emoji’s arranged in a humorous manner. The “OK” hand emoji is used in almost every one that is made. In the context of a copy pasta, the emoji still means the same thing but it is in a sarcastic way. It is poking fun at social media’s overuse of popular emoji’s by utilizing cuss words, emoji’s and buzzwords.

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My friends and I often use this emoji in a completely different way. Taking our cues from Greece, we have decided to interpret the seemingly harmless emoji as a rude gesture. While our meaning isn’t the same as the Greek’s, it is still rude. For us the “OK” hand emoji means “hop off” when used in a certain context. Hop off being a slightly more offensive way of saying “leave me alone”. Each year it seems as though my friends and I learn to get along more and more so we find ourselves using this emoji in this way less frequently.

Emoji’s, much like words in the modern English language can have two or more different meanings. The meanings can be drastically different due to the context in which they are used. In our modern, emoji crazed society, it is only natural to assume that all emoji’s will develop multiple meanings.