If you think you know emoji, you have no idea—and 6ABC let everyone know just that this morning.
In Action News' "Morning Buzz" segment today, anchor Matt O'Donnell presented the case of the long-debated "praying hands" emoji, AKA the one that shows two hands pressed together in front of a shining, golden sun. For the pious, that particular SMS character can mean nothing else besides silent, reverent council with the Lord—all in convenient text form. Really, there's solid logic there:
However, as O'Donnell said on 6ABC's broadcast, that likely is not the case at all. Rather than praying hands, the emoji in question instead represents something much less religious, though no less sacred: The noble high-five.
The internet's reaction, of course, was swift and extreme:
all these years I thought this emoji �� was someone praying .....BUT ITS A HIGH FIVE?!?!?! I've been living a lie
— Leyoncé (@queenleyonce) July 31, 2014
It’s a praying hands emoji y’all. You don’t high five someone else with your thumbs facing the same way. Or maybe you do, then you’re weird.
— Andrew Chen (@andrew3sixteen) July 31, 2014
I know this is random. Dm me an emoji if you're struggling with something in your life so I can pray for you. Thanks ��❤️��
— Sierra Rose (@justsierrra) July 28, 2014
There is, however, some hope that those hands are praying. Following 6ABC's report, word began surfacing on Twitter that the iPhone says different:
— Asia Chloe Brown (@AsiaChloeBrown) July 31, 2014
That's right: text-to-speech says Matt O'Donnell is wrong. Your move, 6ABC.
Ultimately, though, we will probably never know. And as Action News co-anchor Tamala Edwards noted on the broadcast, "it can be whatever you want."
Peace, love, and emoji, y'all. Check out the segment below: