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This emoji may not be what you think it is

Compiled by Brittany Binowski

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 3 2014 4:45 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014 1:28 p.m. MDT

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Next time you whip out your emoji keyboard, type with caution.

The emoji most commonly thought of as two hands clasped in prayer may actually be two friends high-fiving, according to an article by Popsugar.

This comes on the heels of Unicode's announcement last month on the arrival of 250 new emojis, some religious, like a variety of crosses, and some not so religious, like the middle finger.

The outrage on Twitter is palpable, with many users expressing their concern over the new revelation.

Other users claim to have known the "truth" about the emoji all along.

But some remain indifferent.

The user above does have a point, but the concern over the true meaning of the emoji may point to a larger trend in which millenials feel more confident talking about God in public places.

Scott Neuman of NPR writes, "Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage 'talk to God,' suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University."

But two Twitter users are almost positive the emoji is, in fact, a person praying. Here's how they know:

And, we can't argue with that logic.

Brittany Binowski is a senior web producer for Deseret National. You may contact her at bbinowski@deseretdigital.com.

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