Emojis 2016 - Unicode's Most Bizarre Yet?
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016

The latest batch of bizarre emojis has been announced by the Unicode Technical Committee.

There are 72 emojis in this year's selection, ranging from drooping flowers to a clown's face. While inclusion on the list means the emojis have been technically approved, they won't appear straight away, as companies such as Google and Apple need to add support for the new icons into their systems.

As usual, the list comprises a mix of icons you're sure must already have been included  - bacon, a nauseated face, rolling on the floor laughing, alongside ones that seem so unlikely as to be a hoax -Mother Christmas, Rhino, drooping rose and Squid.

Really?

When was the last time you paused and wished there was a Squid emoji?

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This year's list of food and drink emojis starts off quite healthily - kiwi fruit, carrot, avocado and cucumber, but then ditches the diet drastically with - bacon, croissant, pancakes, baguettes, stuffed flatbread, and paella. There's a brief attempt to be good with green salad and milk, but then the celebration gets out of hand again with clinking glasses and a tumbler of whisky.

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If you're experiencing deja vu, you're right that many of the emojis in this list were approved last year, but they have now officially been added to the list.

It also looks like there's been a lot of fighting in the committtee - there are icons for wrestling, fencing, martial arts and a boxing glove in the sports section.

The list of animals is as odd as every year. In addition to squid and rhino, there are now gorillas, deer, fox face and bat; eagle, duck and owl; lizard, shark and shrimp; and a butterfly.

Alongside the clown face are the (possibly more useful) lying, drooling, and sneezing faces, while the people icons include dancing dad, shrug, face palm and pregnant woman. Other signs of the times include selfie stick and 'call me' hand gesture.

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You can check out the full set on the Unicode website.

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More Information

Unicode Emoji Chart

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