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Emojipedia tweeted about Unicode’s approval of several new emoji on Wednesday, with a pinched finger gesture drawing excited attention from prospective users online. The gesture is being claimed as the “Italian emoji,” regardless of whether you’re Italian or not.
According to this tweet from Emojipedia, the emoji is known officially as “pinched fingers, with skin tone support.”
While it is not yet available to consumers, the Italian emoji has already lended itself to jokes online. One user tweeted, “This emoji increases your Italian speaking abilities by 100%.”
This emoji increases your Italian speaking abilities but 100% https://t.co/YDIa05oUcR— 3ajoora (@hassan_nawrani) January 30, 2020
This is going to be every italian mothers favorite emoji https://t.co/LZ6qJSpW6Y— sinister (@carolinedee_) January 30, 2020
Even people who aren’t Italian are preparing to see this emoji from their loved ones who are.
“I’m married to an Italian-American from NJ so I’m preparing myself for an overwhelming use of this emoji,” one user wrote.
I’m married to an Italian-American from NJ so I’m preparing myself for an overwhelming amount of usage of this emoji https://t.co/EyXZUkLaUK— Alexis Guerreros (@NotAlexis) January 30, 2020
Some users wrote that this was a long time coming, and now they can communicate that special *something* with their messages.
“I literally tweeted the other day that we need an Italian hand emoji,” a user wrote. “They know.”
I literally tweeted the other day that we need an Italian hand emoji. They know— emily (@rheaaem) January 30, 2020
Those with Italian mothers are already preparing to be yelled at via text in— you guessed it— Italian.
“Ah, now my Italian mother can yell at me about not doing the dishes and say I give her agita all with one emoji,” one user wrote.
Ah, now my Italian mother can yell at me about not doing the dishes AND say I give her agita all with one emoji https://t.co/fWOieF1tZx— tiny gay muppet (@megzybot) January 30, 2020
Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.