Middle finger, levitating businessman included in 250 brand new emojis

The Unicode Consortium has announced that 250 new emojis will be added in the 7.0 update.

Published Tue, Jun 17 2014 4:17 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Hundreds of new emojis are to be added by the Unicode Consortium, and they will include among them a sweary gesture and a slew of wingdings.

Middle finger, levitating businessman included in 250 brand new emojis | TweakTown.com

Also new to the universal text-based picture pack include a white dove, a chili pepper, a knife and fork surrounding a plate and a squirrel.

Emojis are small digital symbols that gained immense popularity in Japan as a complement to the traditional emoticon.

The update is part of Unicode 7.0, and is part of a formal process from the standards body to decide which digital symbols make the grade. As well as the emojis, the Consortium has decided to introduce less common languages across Asia and Africa as well as a shorthand system, Duployan, and "major enhancements" for Indic writing.

3,000 new Cantonese pronunciation entries will appear in 7.0 too, along with currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat.

If you're looking forward to all of the above and more - such as Spock's Vulcan gesture and an image of a levitating businessman - slow down: it's up to smartphone makers like Apple and Google as to when they'll actually be implemented.

NEWS SOURCE:time.com

Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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