Language is regressing.
We're not saying that from a linguistic high horse, our noses thrust firmly in a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary.
It's an observation of the rising power of the emoji - that in the age of instant communication, words are failing us and pictorial representations are finding growing preference. It's basically hieroglyphics and cave wall paintings all over again.
The Unicode Technical Committee (UTC) - keepers of all things emoji - has released a 67-strong set of 'character' candidates hoping to appear in 2016's Unicode 9.0 release (the code that unifies all pictorial-based emoji faces).
The final list of new emoji will be announced when the UTC meets in May 2016 - a meeting whose minutes are recorded exclusively in emoji (yeah, we made that up - but could you imagine?).
These are some of the faces we hope will be appearing next year.