My relationship with emojis is definitely improving. I’m even growing my emoji-cabulory.
I still find that I use the same few emoji’s most of the time and have decided to try to increase my emoji “vocabulary” ie find some new emojis to use. My other issue is that I work of different platforms and they don’t always have all the emoji’s I need to express myself.
And then there is the confusion of what the emojis really mean …
So I thought I should go to the emojipedia on Twitter
So, on my quest to increase my emoji range, I venture out to look for some new ones.
I realised that if I want to know what an emoji is – you know sometimes you are not quite sure what it means, especially to people of another culture, you can tweet it to @botmoji and there I found some treasures.
For your information, Bald was approved as part of Unicode 11.0 in 2018 under the name Emoji component Bald.
Not quite sure how or when I’d use this one – maybe as a descriptor for a bald man?
🦲 Bald https://t.co/K8OI99Rtin
— Botmoji (@botmoji) December 6, 2018
I found this emoji interesting, not quite sure if I will ever use it but this is a Merman with a dark skin tone. I know, I’m an African so the dark skin tone is cool, but mermen? Even mermaids are not really part of our culture or even frame of reference. Maybe on day I’ll sail down the Rhine … although I don’t think the Lorelei is actually a mermaid, she is more of a water sprite.
I could always go to Copenhagen to the Langelinie promenade – but that famous mermaid is a girl and as far as I know she does not have a dark skin tone.
I’ll hunt for something more familiar, an emoji I can use on a daily basis.
🧜🏿♂️ Merman: Dark Skin Tone https://t.co/sE0AllVnq1
— Botmoji (@botmoji) December 5, 2018
Santa Clause Emoji is Trending
Wow! It is only the 6th and Santa Clause is trending on emojipedia. Father Christmas as this white bearded gentleman is known in my part of the world. This is one I can put to good use for the next few weeks.
📈 🎅 Santa Claus is now trending on Emojipedia https://t.co/tnyG47soTy
— Emojipedia 📙 (@Emojipedia) December 6, 2018
New Emoji list for 2018
Did you know that new emoji characters are approved on an annual basis, as part of wider updates to the Unicode Standard.
Emoji 11.0 is the new emoji list for 2018 which includes 157 new emojis and is now available on most major platforms including Stock Android, Samsung Experience and Windows 10. iOS 12.1 came out on October 30 and included the new 2018 emojis for iPhone and iPad users.
Finding some New Emojis
Not wanting to be an emoji dinosaur I had a look to find a few of the newer emojis – who know I might even find them on one of my platforms. I got one I really like – the Smiling face with smiling eyes and three hearts – of course it looks just a little bit different on all the various platforms.
“A yellow face with smiling eyes, a closed smile, rosy cheeks, and several hearts floating around its head. Expresses a range of happy, affectionate feelings, especially being in love. The number of hearts (three or more) varies by platform.”
At this point in time I’m not sure who I’m going to share my “three heart and a smile” emoji with, but I like it.
Living in Durban with high humidity and sweltering summers, I’ve decided to add the Hot face or overheated face to my repertoire. It looks very different across platforms, but I think people will get the idea when they see a round face with sweat running down and a red tongue hanging out of the mouth.
So I think I should scroll around and find some more Christmas emoji’s