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Unicode 9.0 to Add 38 New Emoji, Including Face Palm and Shrug

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May 26, 2015, 10:53 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Unicode emoji subcommittee has recommended a set of 38 new emoji be added to version 9.0 of the Unicode Standard. The emoji include a wide range of gestures, animals, and food. Some include the "call me" hand gesture as well as left and right fists (for fist bumps); sharks, bats, and eagles; and bacon, avocados, and carrots. The Unicode emoji subcommittee published notes for defining the rationale behind each emoji, as well as potential uses. Monochrome and color versions of each emoji accompany the list for illustrative purposes, but don't necessarily represent their final form. "These symbols are considered for incorporation into Unicode for reasons such as compatibility usage, popular requests from online communities, and filling the gaps in the existing set of Unicode emoji," said the organization. Version 8.0 of the Unicode Standard has only just begun to roll out, and Version 9.0 likely won't be published until mid 2016.

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