Pinched Fingers Emoji: Twitter Reacts to New 'Italian Hand Gesture' Emoji

The new emoji for 2020 were announced yesterday, and Twitter users are excited about one particular addition. The "pinched fingers" emoji has reminded people of the "Italian hand gesture" that has become a popular internet meme.

Emojipedia describes the new emoji on its website as: "An emoji showing all fingers and thumb held together in a vertical orientation, sometimes referred to as the Italian hand gesture 'ma che vuoi.'"

New in Emoji 13.0: Pinched Fingers, with skin tone support #Emoji2020

— Emojipedia (@Emojipedia) January 29, 2020

At the time of writing, the tweet announcing the new emoji had more than 25,100 likes and 6,000 retweets.

Emojipedia shared the "pinched fingers" emoji within an announcement by Unicode Consortium that revealed the 117 new emoji that make up Emoji 13.0 and will be released in 2020. According to the Emojipedia blog, the new emoji will be available on most platforms in the second half of 2020.

The new emoji cover a range of subjects, such as animals, including a polar bear, a seal, a beaver, and a mammoth, and new items including a toothbrush, a boomerang, a magic wand, and a mousetrap. The new emoji update also sees new human characters, including a bride, groom, and new parent that come with female, male, and gender-neutral options.

The "pinched fingers" emoji will be released with Emoji 13.0 in 2020. Emojipedia

But the "pinched fingers" emoji has gained the most attention, perhaps due to it inspiring memes following the theme "how Italians..." followed by an image of someone or something doing the hand gesture. For example, Twitter user @samaabdlkrem tweeted "how Italians paint" with a painting of the hand gesture.

How italians paint

— samaa (@samaabdlkrem) November 16, 2018

Twitter was quick to react to the new meme announcement, with many Italians celebrating and making fun of the stereotype. Comedian Jaboukie Young-White said: "Italians we won" in a tweet that has more than half a million likes.

italians we won

— giabuchi lastrassi (@jaboukie) January 29, 2020

YouTuber June Lapine, who goes by the name Shoe0nHead, said: "I feel represented thank u."

i feel represented thank u

— shoe (@shoe0nhead) January 29, 2020

New Jersey's official twitter account simply tweeted: "endorsed"


— New Jersey (@NJGov) January 29, 2020

Comedian Samantha Ruddy, said: "Huge day for us Italian-Americans. This will undo Jersey Shore."

Huge day for us Italian-Americans. This will undo Jersey Shore.

— Samantha Ruddy (@samlymatters) January 29, 2020

Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto said: "The entire Italian language."

The entire Italian language

— Paolo Gregoletto (@TriviumPaolo) January 30, 2020

Twitter user @nicdimitrakis said: "RDP Italians don't even need to text words anymore."

rdp italians dont even need to text words anymore

— big nic energy (@nicdimitrakis) January 30, 2020

Rae Paoletta said: "Big things happening for my fellow Italians."

big things happening for my fellow italians

— rae 🐈‍⬛ paoletta (@PAYOLETTER) January 29, 2020

Lance Ulanoff, editor-in-chief of Lifewire, suggested: "If we flip it, it's the international symbol for a 'pinch of salt.'"

If we flip it, it’s the international symbol for a “pinch of salt”

— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) January 29, 2020

Twitter user @alanady said: "Get ready for my most used emoji of 2020".

Get ready for my most used emoji of 2020

— Alana Louise (@alanady) January 29, 2020

Twitter user @gagasyuyi said: "Don't let Lady Gaga update her phone... Imagine this b***h tweeting she's Italian and using this emoji every day".

don’t let lady gaga update her phone.. imagine this bitch tweeting she’s italian & using this emoji everyday

— ✩ (@gagasyuyi) January 30, 2020

Software engineer Mario Fusco tweeted: "As an Italian I'm now wondering how could we live without this so far."

As an Italian I'm now wondering how could we live without this so far

— Mario Fusco 🇪🇺 (@mariofusco) January 29, 2020