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

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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.)

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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.

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

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

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Okay, this one is good.

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Tamale!

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A gender-neutral person wearing a veil:

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

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

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The long-awaited, much-needed transgender flag.

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The hug!

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

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You can see the rest of the new emojis here.


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