Today is World Emoji Day, something I didn’t know existed until two years ago when Ford announced it was trying to add a pickup truck to the set. official. Truth be told, I almost immediately forgot everything about World Emoji Day, but I was reminded again this week when I saw the list of potential new additions being considered by the Unicode Consortium for inclusion in Unicode 14.
Some of these potential emoji would be helpful in talking about the climate emergency – I’m thinking of the melting face and also the coral here. I’m sure we can all use a troll in our lives too, while the face of salvation will replace the stalwart o7. And the low battery is bound to be popular. There are new hands, gesturing, pointing, shaking, and even making love hearts to boot.
A few additions, however, could upset some reactionaries on the Internet. Specifically, the pregnant man and his neutral equivalent, the pregnant person, have been proposed as inclusive additions since pregnancy is possible for some transgender and non-binary people. The world may also soon receive a gender neutral person with a crown option to accompany the man and woman emoji wearing crowns.
Adding new emoji means removing others. For Unicode 14, that will likely mean losing the vulture (how shall we talk about private equity?), The crow, the raised little finger (more tea?), The orchid, the pot, the sub, and the chainsaw.
Unicode is expected to approve the final Unicode 14 character list in September this year, which means we can probably expect the new emoji to appear on our devices in the first half of 2022.
List image by Emojipedia