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The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year

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.

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  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year

    Cowboy face

    For barn dances, hoedowns and descriptions of builders

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 1

    Clownface

    For nightmares

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 2

    Drool face

    For that moment you smell your housemate's cottage pie

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 3

    Selfie

    Because this is life now

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 4

    'Call me' hand

    Easily transformed into a 'booty call' emoji with the combination of a winky face

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 5

    Bat emoji

    For calling in vigilante justice

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 6

    Bacon emoji

    To be used every Saturday morning around 11am

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 7

    Tumbler glass

    For sophisticated nights in/Mad Men binge sessions

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 8

    Modern pentathlon

    Nope. We don't get this one either

  • The New Emoji Headed To Your Phone Next Year 9

    Canoe

    For when you're 'up shit creek'

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