A completely harmless squirt gun on most platforms, have you sent it on WhatsApp?
WhatsApp: What does the gun emoji mean?
The use of emojis in WhatsApp conversations has become a fundamental part of communication between users today, especially because they are a great support to express feelings and emotions. However, there are some very controversial that have undergone some changes over time, for example the water pistol.
It is a water pistol, like the one used by children for fun and play. On most platforms it appears as a green or orange toy with a barrel pointing to the left. For example, Google, Microsoft and Facebook designs include mounted water tanks.
Originally the emoji featured a real classic pistol, or in his case as a revolver. However, in 2016 Apple made changes to its design to a toy floor. This trend was repeated with the other major suppliers in 2018, driven by the security situation related to weapons.
The somewhat controversial issue has caused a great mobilization on the part of the technological giants, who now show a “safer” water gun in order to reduce the use of the emoji in a threatening way. Microsoft initially displayed the icon as a toy ray gun before switching to a revolver and later it was changed to a squirt gun. Google once featured a blunderbuss.
WhatsApp: What does the gun emoji mean? WhatsApp: What does the gun emoji mean?
Their references are intended to lean towards the fun side of spraying someone with water, although there are other people who attribute a sexual sense to it, just as they do with others, such as the hotdog.
Some smaller platforms still show their catalog of obsolete emojis, where a real version remains. The gun was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and a few years later it was added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.