Geen Kwaad Spreken

The speak no evil monkey, called Iwazaru (Japanese for “say not”), one of the Three Wise Monkeys. Depicted as the brown 🐵 Monkey Face with hands covering its mouth.

The Three Wise Monkeys represent the proverb see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, frequently interpreted as a call for discretion or willful ignorance.

Often used as a playful way to convey I can’t believe what I just said!, express a mischievous Oops!, or communicate a secret-keeping I won’t say a word. May be used to similar effect as 🤭 Face With Hand Over Mouth or 🤐 Zipper Mouth.

See also 🙈 See-No-Evil Monkey and 🙉 Hear-No-Evil Monkey.

This emoji is considered racist in some contexts, particularly when used to disparage, insult, and abuse people with dark skin, especially Black people.

Geen Kwaad Spreken is goedgekeurd als onderdeel van Unicode 6.0 in 2010 en toegevoegd aan Emoji 1.0 in 2015.