Have you ever needed a more specific emoji to caption your Instagram aperol spritz? Frustrated at not being able to express every emotion with a little yellow face? No, this is not an advertisement for an emoji support group or a Boomer’s guide to how to use the alternate keyboard.
The Emoji Subcommittee – the people who decide whether or not a wizard is included in the list – has announced that it is open to submissions. The subcommittee is part of the Unicode Consortium, an NGO responsible for emojis – among other things.
Submissions for new emojis are open every year – and last year’s round ended with 37 new emojis. There is a rigorous selection process favoring participants who can have both literal and symbolic meaning – for example, a sloth. They’re also not in the market for simply new variations of the old – yes, even if there are no slider shoe emojis.