Finally, a yearly release cycle in tech that we can get behind. Unicode, which governs encoding of Emoji, is working on next year’s Unicode 10.0 update. As usual, they’ve sought input on which emoji they should add to the roster next year. This week, they’re ready to show off what they’ve got so far, and among others, we think we’ve spotted next year’s potential emoji of the year candidate.
Unicode is showing off 51 emoji candidates for next year, and like this year, they include nods to facial expressions, diversity, and food. Unicode is pulling for more inclusion by introducing hijab and breastfeeding emoji, continuing the focus on diversity we saw in this year’s release. Inclusion is being extended to magical creatures, too, with sorceress, merperson, vampire, fairy, and elf emoji in the works. New food options on the emoji menu will include broccoli, a pretzel, pie (seems long overdue), and a sandwich.
And, of course, there will be new faces. Some of these will look pretty familiar — they’re emoji that were exclusive to Facebook or Skype, but never had official, standardized emoji forms. From Facebook, we’ll see some of the emoji used in statuses, like the feeling loved and feeling delighted emoji. From Skype, we’ll get several new emoji, including the emo emoji, another vomiting emoji, and most importantly, the monocle emoji.
There will be brand new faces, too, and we’ve seen one we know is going to get a lot of run. The crying laughter face owned 2015 (it ended up being word of the year), while the Thinking Face Emoji held this year down pretty well. Next year, you can be assured that, for better or worse, the hush emoji will dominate. The finger-to-lips face looks just pleasant enough to be perfect for sarcastic use, to the point where we have to assume it wasn’t an accident. We expect the biting lip emoji and the light bulb idea emoji (the spiritual successor to the thinking face emoji) to come in as runners up.
This story was originally published at Next Year’s Emojis Include a Hijab, Pretzel, Sandwich and More