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Emojis Of 2018: Bagels, Kangaroos, Redheads Are In. 'Frowning Pile Of Poo' Is Out

Dec 31, 2017
Originally published on June 20, 2018 11:29 am

Dozens of new emojis are planned for 2018.

One of the most popular additions? Redheads.

"People felt like they were getting left out," says Jeremy Burge of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee. It's part of the Unicode Consortium, which sets the international standards for emojis, among other things.

"Even though I don't have red hair myself, that was the number one request we got for the last two years running. So I felt like I should step up and try and make that happen," Burge tells NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

People with red hair, white hair and no hair at all are likely to see themselves represented in 2018.

Other contenders include:

A softball. It's "differentiated from a baseball by size (it is larger, though hard to tell in emoji form) and color (yellow, not white)," according to Emojipedia, a website devoted to every minute change that has happened to the 2,600 emojis over the years.

A kangaroo.

A "Face With Smiling Eyes And Party Horn And Party Hat."

A bagel emoji. No word on cream cheese, though.

Sixty-seven emojis made the initial list of new additions, but since then, the number has been winnowed down by three.

Michael Everson was one of the impassioned commenters who helped kill the "Frowning Pile Of Poo."

"Why do we need to send a picture of this!" he tells NPR. "It's just offensive, needlessly offensive and pointless. It's not cute, it's not funny, it isn't good in any particular way."

The final decision about the 2018 emoji list will be made at the Unicode Technical Meeting in January, according to Emojipedia, which Burge runs. Emojipedia writes that we can expect the new picks "to roll out on major platforms in the second half of 2018."

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RAY SUAREZ, HOST:

Staying on the topic of words of the year, let's talk about one of the winners from two years ago - emoji - you know, those little cartoon-like pictures. One of the things to look forward to in 2018 is that dozens of new emojis will be unveiled. One of the most popular additions - redheads.

JEREMY BURGE: Red hair, yeah. People felt like they were getting left out.

SUAREZ: That's Jeremy Burge. We reached him at his home in London. He's vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee - yes, that's a real thing. He also runs a website called Emojipedia, devoted to every minute change that has happened to the 2,600 emojis over the years.

BURGE: This is what I do - emojis from when I wake up until when I go to bed.

SUAREZ: Burge is responsible for the new emoji with red hair.

BURGE: Even though I don't have red hair myself, that was the No. 1 request we got for the last two years running, so I felt like I should step up and try and make that happen.

SUAREZ: The committee looks at all the proposed additions and winnows down the list, in part based on how useful they expect the new emoji to be. So far this year, three proposed emojis didn't make the cut.

BURGE: A face with question marks over the eyes, a face that had the letters O and K over the eyes and pile of poo version that was frowning rather and smiling.

SUAREZ: Michael Everson was one of the impassioned commenters who helped kill the frowning excrement. We reached him on Skype about an hour west of Dublin.

MICHAEL EVERSON: Why do we need to send a picture of this? It's just - ah. It's just offensive - needlessly offensive and pointless. It's not cute. It's not funny. It isn't good in any particular way. I don't mind lobster, parrot, peacock, badger - these are good. These are fine. But is there to be an end of it? Could we not have any class?

SUAREZ: Well, if you're looking for class, there's also a cupcake, a superhero, a llama and a teddy bear. Now that's something to smiley face about. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.