If you love to eat bacon, there is some good news for you. Your favorite food might make it to the emoji keyboard in 2016. The nominations are in for new additions to the popular pictogram alphabet including a selfie and a dancing man to accompany the dancing woman besides the iconic circus clown face, Daily Mail reported. Also Read - Windows 10 gets new virtual keyboard with emojis
If selected, the new symbols will be integrated into keyboards in 2016, after 37 new additions were added earlier this year as part of Unicode 8. Adding new emojis is not simple. They must first be approved by an organisation called the Unicode Consortium in California responsible for developing Unicode. Also Read - Coronavirus: This pandemic is also delaying new emojis as Unicode 14.0 release pushed back
In May this year, emoji was named as the world’s fastest growing language. “Emoji is the fastest growing form of language ever based on its incredible adoption rate and speed of evolution,” Vyv Evans, linguistics professor at Bangor University, was quoted as saying. “As a visual language emoji has already far eclipsed hieroglyphics, its ancient Egyptian precursor which took centuries to develop,” Evans said. Also Read - Android 11 will come with Emoji 13.0, including 62 new emojis, 55 gender and skin tone variants
The most popular emoji, according to the study, is the ‘smiley face’ followed by the ‘crying with laughter face’. Popular foods considered missing are also on the list, with an avocado, a pickle and a croissant making it to the shortlist. For animal lovers, the list also includes a fearsome-looking shark, a bat and an eagle in flight.