Texters get 274 new emoji, but still no cheese or tacos
By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jun 19, 2014
It was announced this week that 274 new emoji would be available for our digital conversations beginning in July.
Described by Vox.com as “emoticons on steroids,” emoji are those popular symbols texters use to replace words. Existing emoji range from something as simple and widely-used as a smiley face to those as head-scratching as a stone face monument resembling those found on Easter Island, or those see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil monkeys.
According to Vox, there are 13 different heart emoticons available, and nine representing “feelings expressed by a humanoid cat.”
But if you think all the emoji bases are covered by now, think again. According to Vox, even with all the new additions, the Internet still had no symbol for cheese, something Vox calls “perhaps the greatest tragedy in the world of emoji. The lack of a ‘taco’ emoji is a close second.”
In what can perhaps more realistically be described as a “tragedy,” the existing emoji universe includes only two non-white characters: “man in turban” and “man with gua pia mao,” a type of beanie.
So what new emoji made the cut ahead of cheese, tacos and the much-needed people of color? Among the weird new additions are “man in a business suit levitating,” “derelict house building” “desert island,” “flying envelope” and the sure to be popular “reversed hand with middle finger extended.”
See the complete list of new additions here.
Vox.com notes, “It will be up to Unicode platforms like iOS and Android to implement the new standards; once they do, you can start using the new ones on your phone.”
Meanwhile, if you’re wondering just who is responsible for deciding what new emoticons get added to our vocabulary, according to Vox, an entity called the “Unicode Consortium is responsible for deciding what characters are part of Unicode, and thus which emoji are widely available. The consortium is made up of computer corporations, software producers, database vendors, research institutions and many more.”
Now we know.