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The next set of emoji will include avocados, croissants, and even selfies

The Unicode Consortium has made its proposals.


Selena Larson


Posted on May 21, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 6:57 pm CDT

Oh Unicode Consortium, you are such a tease.

The group in charge of making standards for those tiny graphics that are slowly taking over modern human communication has released a new set of emoji we can expect to find on our phones… in June 2016.

The Unicode emoji subcommittee just released a long list of the emoji it thinks should be included in version 9.0 of Unicode, but we’ll be waiting a while. The committee broke the emoji suggestions down based on popularity of the emoji, where they’ve been requested, and what messaging system they are compatible with.

So what emoji will we be able to send to friends and family if mobile developers accept the Unicode Consortium standards?

Six more animals will fill up our phones with adorable reaction emoji.

  • Fox face
  • Eagle
  • Duck
  • Bat
  • Shark
  • Owl

There’s still no taco emoji yet, but we will finally be able to send each other avocados and potatoes. An entire sandwich, actually.

  • Croissant
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Bacon
  • Potato
  • Carrot

Hand signals will also be prevalent in the update, giving us that oft-requested fingers-crossed emoji.

  • Fingers crossed
  • “Call me” hand sign
  • Raised back of hand
  • Handshake
  • Facepalm
  • Selfie
  • Left-facing fist
  • Right-facing fist

The full list of emoji can be found in the Unicode Consortium’s official documentation, describing each character in great detail, and even linking to academic papers describing the need for such emoji.

Frankly, I’m most excited for the Prince emoji, though an official shrug emoji will be a great addition.

H/T Yahoo | Illustration by Jason Reed | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III

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*First Published: May 21, 2015, 2:10 pm CDT