250 New Emojis Released, Including the Middle Finger

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The Unicode Consortium has released some new emojis, and you won’t believe some of the things you can say with these latest additions.

Among other things, Unicode makes it possible for users to turn the keypad numbers on their phone into different symbols, including emojis. For example, they insure the emoji “happy face” is typed the same way across platforms. According to their website, they work with Apple, IBM, Microsoft, HP and many other organizations.

Their newest update brings in several new symbols for users.

Scrolling through the list, human facial expressions are unusually absent. Instead, we have symbols, such as the middle finger (reversed hand with middle finger), a Vulcan hand signal (raised hand with part between middle and ring fingers), and Lips (rated for sex, kiss). The Dagger Knife (rated for violence and hate) is a threatening new one. There's even a mantelpiece clock, an eye ball, and a chili pepper, because why not?

With new emojis, comes novel forms of self-expression. Such as:

 

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Along with these new emojis, Unicode has 2,834 new characters, new currency symbols, 23 new lesser-used and historic scripts, and extended support for written languages of North America, China, India, other Asian countries, and Africa. To read some very dry stuff about other changes, you can find their release notes.

Eager early adopters will have to wait for some time before they can use these emojis, however. According to Emojipedia, implementation all depends on software updates by Apple, Google, Microsoft.

If you've got a clever combination in mind, feel free to share it in the comments section.

@marshnaylor

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