RECAP — The new emojis everybody’s talking about

Myah Elliott
Story by Myah Elliott and CBC Kids News • 2020-02-07 18:09

Bubble tea, pinched fingers and Mx. Clause coming soon

Getting tired of your regular roster of emojis?

Well, prepare your thumbs, a new emoji update is coming to a phone near you.

Unicode, the system that creates and approves new emojis, recently announced its most recent update, emoji 13.0, and with it comes more than 100 ways to express yourself.

That means you might have a new favourite way to express your shock, anger or even a major bubble tea craving.

Watch the latest episode of RECAP to hear host Myah Elliott dish on the upcoming emoji update.

You can find it on the CBC Kids News YouTube channel and be sure to SUBSCRIBE!

Also on this week’s RECAP: Who’s the new bad guy in Billie Eilish’s life? Hold up, YouTube made HOW much money in 2019? The best red carpet looks this season with sidekick Saadia. Plus, a rapid-fire roundup of Selena’s makeup line, Peppa Pig’s new voice and Hamilton the musical-turned-movie.

OMG, more emojis!

There are officially 62 new emojis being launched, but with additional skin tone variations, that number jumps to 117.

Whoa, talk about an update.

Each year, the Unicode Consortium (essentially the folks who ensure that every smartphone has the same emoji and text options) reviews loads of potential new emojis.

This time the focus seems to be on creating more inclusivity.

That means more emojis that reflect differences in gender, families and expression.

This includes the trans flag, a moustached man in wedding veil and a Mx. Clause, a gender-neutral Santa.

A tweet that reads,

New emojis also include a bubble tea emoji, a pinata and a green pepper.

A tweet that shows the new emojis with a caption that reads:


This isn’t the first time new emojis have graced our screens.

Updates happen roughly every year or so, and anyone can submit an emoji idea, but there are lots of hoops to jump through before being chosen.

Which ones are popping off?

Reactions to the emoji update seem positive, with many avid texters celebrating the inclusion of the pinched finger emoji.

A tweet that reads:

Some are calling it the “Italian hand gesture” emoji, while others see it as a sign of frustration in Israel or a pinch of salt.

Remember salt bae anyone?

A tweet showing the meme salt bae with the new pinched finger emoji.

A lot of emoji interpretation is going on. After all, millions of people use these little pixels around the world to express themselves.

Are you excited about getting your hands (or thumbs) on these new emojis?

If so, expect the update to be on your phone before 2020 is over.

Want to learn more about these new emojis? Then check out RECAP below:

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About the Contributor

Myah Elliott
Myah Elliott
Myah Elliott is the host of RECAP, a weekly video roundup of buzzed-about news and pop culture that is powered by CBC Kids News. She’s one of the biggest movie fans you’ll ever meet and she also loves music. You won’t catch Myah relaxing too often because she’s on a gap year and fills her time with a part-time job, thrifting, TikToking and learning all she can about marketing and social media. Episodes of #CBCRECAP are uploaded right here every Friday and are also on CBC TV and CBC Gem on Saturdays.

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