Unicode 15 adds shaking head emoji

The beta review period for Unicode 15 is underway, with a smaller than usual number of new emojis. Those on offer include a shaking head and thrusting hands, and the Emojipedia team have come up with their annual take on how the potential additions look.

Far from the frivolity of emojis, the Unicode standard is used by all modern software and communications around the world, including operating systems, browsers, laptops and smart phones, as well as the web.

The Unicode standard, its associated standards, and the data form the basis of the CLDR and ICU versions. The new version includes a number of changes and 4,489 new characters, including another major expansion of CJK Unified Ideograms. Two new scripts have also been added, and there are also 20 additional emoji characters.

While the final appearance of emojis depends on the device you’re viewing them on, here’s what the Emojipedia team thinks they might look like:

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The new emojis start with a shaking face – intended for when you want to show you’re shaking your head. There are several new heart emojis in different colors, especially light blue, gray, and pink. Right and left pushing hands in a range of skin tones have also been added. So far, the list makes some sense – most people have probably wanted to have a “shakes their head in disbelief” emoji at some point.

Now we move on to “seriously??” list, with new animals including a moose, donkey, goose, and jellyfish. If this is one of those stories where you’re on one side of the river with just one boat and you need to ferry assorted cargo across, this is a version I haven’t come across .

Those of you with a keen interest in horticulture will no doubt be delighted with the addition of ginger, hyacinth and pea pods, as it is difficult to show a recipe for ginger and pea pod risotto polka dots in emojis at the moment.

Back on the potentially more useful list, we get a collapsible fan and hair pick (wide-toothed comb), a Sikh Khanda, and the list is rounded out with maracas and a flute so we can play our way.

The list is currently under review, but historically most items have moved from the beta list to the final version. So you can rest easy knowing you can show how the goose ate the jellyfish in September.

Finally, this year’s annual World Emoji Day contest was held, as always, on July 17, because that’s the date on the calendar emoji, and the winner of the “Most 2022” contest is the Melting Face, defeating the Face Holding Back Tears in the final round.

More information

Unicode Consortium

World Emoji Day website

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