New Emojis Are Coming, and They Pretty Much Sum Up How We’re All Feeling Right Now

by Malcolm Musgrove

Feeling confused, exasperated, heartbroken, or passionate? There’s an emoji for that.

Unicode Consortium, the decider of all things emoji, just announced the release of more than 200 new characters. While the pictograms probably won’t be ready until 2021, they succinctly express what most of us are feeling today in this topsy turvy world. You won’t find any rainbows and winky smiley faces on the list. More like heads in the clouds and whoa googly eyes. That said, there are a few forward-thinking bright spots. Here is a sneak peek at what’s coming to your smartphone soon.

1. Face with spiral eyes

 

This is the look of someone who just spent 20 minutes looking at their newsfeed. In the midst of a deadly pandemic, raging wildfires, polarized politics, and Tiger King, it can feel like the world as we once knew it is spiraling out of control. Unicode describes this face with spiral eyes as a sign of “trouble, whoa, dizzy.” Sounds about right.

2.  Face in the clouds

 

For those with that confused, head-in-the-clouds feeling, this emoji’s for you. The perfect emoji for that quarantined, socially-distanced kind of day.

3. Face exhaling

 

We’re not sure if this emoji is vaping, sneezing, coughing, or exhaling, but it better put a mask on.

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