YakketyYAK #4…Emojis



A broccoli emoji! Freaking YES! It’s about time we were able to send text alerts when we’ve got a craving! This tasty green critter is just one of a list of 51 new emojis approved by The Unicode Consortium; set to launch mid-2017 – which gives us plenty of time to imagine how to use these modern day hieroglyphs in our day to day. For example, the new breastfeeding emoji will enable breastfeeding moms to tell their friends, with the mere swipe of a finger, that they are breastfeeding. Sadly the tuft of hair on top of the breastfeeding emoji baby’s head is as yellow as his (or her?) skin – breastfeeding moms will no doubt take up the cause for a muticultural baby (and mommy) in due course.

Also, the new ‘I love you’ hand sign, bowl with spoon, pretzel, pie, curling stone and hedgehog emojis will allow for a greater dynamic when it comes the retelling of literary classics in emoji form. Shakespearean translators will be particularly pleased about the grinning face with star eyes emoji.

The new emoji spaceship is excellent for UFO sightings and the canned food is perfect for when you’re eating canned food. T-Rex emoji also deserves a shout…because dinosaurs are super current.

It’s great to have the inclusion of the genie, vampire, merperson, elf, fairy and sorceress emojis. We all love a good merperson.  We also love women with real jobs! Perhaps next time, The Unicode Consortium might consider the newly released draft emojis depicting a more gender-balanced ‘alphabet’, with  lady lecturers, farmers, artists, firefighters and scientists, as necessary additions to a currently archaic female rhetoric; represented by a dancer, princess, bride, twins in a bunny suit or a blonde in pink.

Possibly the greatest new emoji is the face with open mouth vomiting – it could have been aptly applied at least seven times in the preceding three minutes it took you to read this article.


See the full list of new emojis by Unicode below:

  • Flying saucer
  • I love you hand sign
  • Grinning face with star eyes
  • Grinning face with crazy eyes
  • Face with finger covering closed lips
  • Serious face with symbols covering mouth
  • Smiling face with smiling eyes and hand covering mouth
  • Face with open mouth vomiting
  • Shocked face with exploding head
  • Breastfeeding
  • Palms up together
  • Curling stone
  • Bowl with spoon
  • Cup with straw
  • Coconut
  • Broccoli
  • Pie
  • Pretzel
  • Cut of meat
  • Sandwich
  • Canned food
  • Giraffe face
  • Zebra face
  • Hedgehog
  • Sauropod
  • T-rex
  • Cricket
  • Face with monocle
  • Older adult
  • Bearded person
  • Person with headscarf
  • Person in steamy room
  • Person climbing
  • Person in lotus position
  • Sorceress
  • Fairy
  • Vampire
  • Merperson
  • Elf
  • Genie
  • Brain
  • Orange heart
  • Green heart
  • Yellow heart
  • Blue heart
  • Purple heart
  • Billed cap
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Coat
  • Socks