Out of the 67 candidates to become new emoji next year – a safety pin emoji, anyone? – one truly stands out from the rest.
Meet the sad-faced poop emoji. Its official name: “frowning pile of poo.”
The 67 emojis have made it though the first round on their way to being sanctioned by the Unicode Consortium, the governing body of all emojis.
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Unicode’s list of “draft candidates,” chosen by the “emoji subcommittee,” is an eclectic bunch. Some have been nominated before but didn’t make it to the big dance.
From the animal kingdom: llama, kangaroo, peacock, hippo, parrot, raccoon, lobster and mosquito.
For foodies: cupcake, sliced bagel, mango and a salt shaker.
For the medical community (or “Law & Order” fans): bone, leg, foot, tooth, DNA and lab coat.
For home sewers: safety pin, spool of thread and ball of yarn.
To keep the poop company: a roll of toilet paper.
And could there be any more variations of smiling face emoji?
Wannabe new versions include: smiling face with cape; serious face with eye mask and cape; face with smiling eyes and party horn and party hat; red face with tongue sticking out with bead of sweat; face with glistening eyes; and blue Face with clenched teeth and icicles.
The “winners” will be chosen at the Unicode Technical Committee’s fourth-quarter meeting in October and released June 2018, according to the Emojipedia blog.
Britain’s The Sun traced public requests for a sad poop face all the way back to 2012, noting that “since then the clamor for a frowning (poop) emoji has grown even louder.”
Perhaps. But some folks are already pooh-poohing the idea.