WhatsApp: What does the emoji of the hand with the thumb and little finger raised mean?

It is not a sign of shaka! Learn the true meaning of the hand emoji by making the "call me" sign

The massification and popularity acquired by emoticons has generated a new way of communicating moods, feelings, reactions and even complete sentences. However, despite having the same Unicode encoding, its interpretation is subject to different cultural contexts depending on the environment of the person who uses them, especially when the different platforms have their own design. This is the case with the telephone hand.

This emoji consists of a closed hand with the thumb and little finger extended, making a traditional telephone shape. The icon can be used in conjunction with a face to request “call me” (please).

It is important to mention that it is not the symbol of the horns or the sign of shaka or “hang loose” (which at the moment does not have an emoji representation). However, some users have attributed this reference to the typical Hawaiian greeting and surf culture. In these cases the hand is raised or waved to emphasize the gesture.

“Call me Hand” was approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in 2016 and later added to Emoji 3.0 that same year.

Many times when people are in a hurry and quickly leave a place without saying goodbye, they tend to make this shape with their hand signaling the other to call. The same can be applied by a user in a WhatsApp conversation, if she is in a hurry, she can save several words by putting the phone hand icon to tell her friend to call her later.


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