A pregnant man, one handshake with all the color variations of the leather, the bitten lips, the little face saluting is that that “melts” are just some of the new emojis which will arrive on devices next year, according to a draft of the next update Unicode 14.0.
The new emojis were illustrated by Emojipedia to celebrate the World Emoji Day tomorrow, Saturday 17 June. Jeremy Burge, one of the managers of the archive, said: “Almost any emoji can have it by default a gender neutral option, with the ability to use a woman or a man where relevant“.
The Unicode process expects the icon drafts to come first submitted to the Unicode Consortium, that is the body that takes care of choosing the new emojis and then spreading them all over the world. The emojis chosen should debut in late 2021 and early 2022.
Since 2014 there is one dedicated world day, the World Emoji Day, which falls on July 17, born from the idea of Jeremy Burge, an emoticon historian and founder of Emojipedia, a website that collects and catalogs all emojis. The term emoji comes from the Japanese and means pictogram, that is, a design or symbol in one or more immediately recognizable colors. The first face was created in the late 1990s by Shigetaka Kurita who worked for a telecommunications company. According to the calculations of the Statista website, in 2022 the number of emoticons present will almost reach the quota 3,500.