Sounds like one hell of a party.
Winged emojis are clearly in demand, with crows, ravens, and butterflies all making the top ten. Luckily for the goths out there, a crow emoji is currently a draft candidate to be included in a future emoji release. Well, sort of. Controversially, there’s a proposal for a blackbird emoji, with ‘crow’ being one of the proposed alternative keywords for it. A yellow beak? Unless Unicode are claiming it’s an Alpine chough, that’s a big ‘no’ for the #CrowOrNo players out there.
The other big one is a pinky swear emoji. An excellent idea, we looked into whether this was in the works. We discovered an application for it was rejected, as Unicode is considering a simpler raised pinky emoji, with a pinky promise stated as an alternative use in the proposal. We’ll leave the pinky promise purists to decide if that’s good enough.
Here’s the current state of the remaining emojis on the our list:
- Sarcasm: No application listed (and most likely too abstract to depict in emoji form)
- Viking: Declined
- Bisexual flag: Declined
- Pink butterfly: No application listed
- Guillotine: Declined
- Pickle: No application listed, although arguably it already exists. On some operating systems and platforms the cucumber emoji is depicted in its pickle form
- Whistle: Declined
It looks like the people are struggling to get what they want. But why? We can’t say for sure. Unicode may have decided they were inappropriate (guillotine, we’re looking at you), that interest is not sufficient, or that the proposal just wasn’t up to scratch.
It’s custom emojis all the way down
You’ll notice that even the top ten combined makes up only a tiny fraction of the entire conversation. This shows the creativity of the internet – any and all types of emojis have been suggested. It also demonstrates how we increasingly want more control and customization over what we post.
We can see this interest borne out in other projects. The Emoji Mashup Bot’s popularity is a prime example. The account randomly takes existing emojis and then mashes them together to create a new one. Sometimes this creates something beautiful, funny, or interesting. More often it creates terrors beyond human comprehension.