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The OK hand emoji is also referred to as the A-OK, OK, or OK hand sign emoji.
Like the word OK, the OK hand emoji can convey simple agreement, understanding, or satisfaction. If someone texts a friend asking if they want to meet up, the friend might reply with the OK hand emoji as if to say “OK,” “Sure,” or “Sounds good.” In these contexts, the OK hand emoji can stand in for the word OK or related terms, e.g., “It’s all .”
The OK hand emoji, however, is often used to express that something is perfect, excellent, just right, choice, or on point. For example: “The game starts in two minutes. Got a burger in one hand and a beer in the other. ” or “Half-empty flights: .” The emoji can also mark sarcasm, like an ironic “Good job” or “Way to go.” For instance: “Just spent all night writing a term paper. Forget to hit save. .” As with other emoji, strings of OK hands can intensify or emphasize the sentiment.
The OK hand emoji can also be combined with other emoji to communicate sexual meanings. Preceded by backhand index point right emoji, the OK hand emoji can suggest sexual intercourse: .
In May 2017, the American Defamation League debunked a hoax started on the message board 4chan that the OK hand gesture was a hate symbol used by white supremacists. The hoax has persisted, however, and some members of the alt-right use the OK hand emoji as a signal their racist ideology.
The OK hand gesture doesn’t have a universal meaning. In Brazil, Greece, Spain, and some Middle Eastern countries, the OK gesture can be seen as obscene. In France, the gesture can mean “worthless.” Those in the many cultures where the OK hand gesture is positive should be mindful of using the OK hand emoji in cross-cultural contexts.
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