The ? meaning is Astonished Face. A shocked face with wide open mouth and wide open eyes, where you can even see the pupils. The face seems to be in shock or panting in surprise. This is one of the examples of an emoji that differs greatly depending on the platform – some platforms that represent the eyes as two crosses, as if the emoji were dead. Earlier iterations of the emoji even suggest that the ? emoji might be drunk. If your friend shares a shocking message or if you see something particularly surprising, then this emoji is usually a good choice. Let’s say your friend has an enormous secret, a secret that is so shocking that it physically causes you to open your mouth in surprise. Normally ? Emoji alone will be enough to show the surprised reaction – but in other cases you could even better highlight the shock with some extra text like OMG. In the case of something surprising but funny, you could use the astonished face followed by something like: “LOL”. The emoji was released in Unicode 6.0 and was added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015 – an update that includes many of the most popular and popular emojis.
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