The New 2020 Emojis Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For

The new emojis that Unicode Consortium has approved for 2020 include bubble tea and...lungs.

On Wednesday, Unicode Consortium, the governing body of emojis—okay, that's not their official title, but that's pretty much what they are—released a list of the new emojis of 2020: 117 brand-new icons that you can expect to hit your phone later this year. The additions include bubble tea, more gender-inclusive humans, a gravestone, a slightly jarring pair of lungs, and a placard that appears to read "Cash Only" (sure?), along with a small zoo's worth of new animals.

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The new collection of icons continues Unicode Consortium's push towards greater diversity in its symbols. Finally, a transgender flag and a transgender symbol have been added, as well as gender-nonconforming people that are simply (and refreshingly) described as "person" by Unicode Consortium—"person with veil," for example, or "person feeding baby." There's also a new Santa Claus that doesn't present as specifically male or female—"Mx Claus," as Unicode Consortium describes it. We also have a piñata, nesting dolls, bubble tea, and tamale. Plus, there's also a sweet new emoji of two people of indiscriminate sex or gender hugging.

Unicode Consortium have also trotted out the usual gift of new animal emojis—this time round, we have a beaver, a bison, a woolly mammoth, a polar bear, a dodo, and a black cat that Unicode Consortium describes as "unlucky" (oof).

My personal favorite? The teapot. (I'm from England; I don't make the rules.)

Teapot, Blue, Porcelain, Turquoise, Tableware, Serveware, Ceramic,

(Image credit: Emojipedia/Unicode Consortium)

There's also this—a "smiling face with tear," apparently, which is meant to be "grateful" or "touched" but looks like its pleading for help with its eyes, to me.

Emoticon, Smiley, Smile, Facial expression, Yellow, Icon, Happy, Logo,

(Image credit: Emojipedia/Unicode Consortium)

Also, this oddly realistic pair of lungs. I don't know if we needed this one, but you do you, Unicode Consortium, I guess.

Nose, Pink, Neck, Organ, Footwear, Human body, Mouth, Font, Human anatomy, Ear,

(Image credit: Emojipedia/Unicode Consortium)

Here's a bison. Fun fact: I did not know this is what a bison looked like.

Animal figure, Wildlife, Terrestrial animal, Working animal, Bovine, Fawn,

(Image credit: Emojipedia/Unicode Consortium)

Okay, this one is good.

Animation, Marine mammal,

(Image credit: Emojipedia/Unicode Consortium)


Yellow, Food, Cuisine, Dish,

(Image credit: Emojipedia/Unicode Consortium)

A gender-neutral person wearing a veil:

Head, Cartoon, Emoticon, Smile, Fictional character, Illustration,

(Image credit: Unicode Consortium/Emojipedia)

Who suggested a cockroach? I do not need a cockroach.

Insect, Invertebrate, Pest, Arthropod, Beetle, Organism, Earwigs, Longhorn beetle, Termite, Parasite,

(Image credit: Unicode Consortium/Emojipedia)

A "hook" emoji (yeah, I already know how this is going to be used):


(Image credit: Unicode Consortium/Emojipedia)

The long-awaited, much-needed transgender flag.

Turquoise, Aqua, Line, Rectangle,

(Image credit: Unicode Consortium/Emojipedia)

The hug!

Hand, Finger, Electric blue, Gesture,

(Image credit: Unicode Consortium/Emojipedia)

Mx. Claus! (A month too late for this one, but sure! There's always next year!)

Cartoon, Fictional character, Santa claus, Smile, Illustration, Animation,

(Image credit: Unicode Consortium/Emojipedia)

You can see the rest of the new emojis here.

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