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250 new emoji could eliminate words from your texts

250 new emoji could eliminate words from your texts
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I'm sure you've seen emojis before.

You know, the smiley face icons that your teenage kids probably use all the time.

In fact, emojis are so popular it was the top-trending word of 2014. They've even made their way into popular music videos. 

Noting their rising popularity, The Unicode Consortium (a nonprofit that oversees written coding standards for computers and smartphones) announced that it has added about 250 new emojis to its dictionary.

The Consortium has the emojis available on its website, which you can find here. Among the new emojis is a thermometer, a wind-blowing face, a man in a suit floating in the air, my favorite - a Vulcan hand salute, and the most controversial one is a hand with an extended middle finger.

Note: The new emojis are very popular, so you may have trouble accessing the website because of all the extra traffic.

It's not clear as to when smartphone companies will incorporate the new emojis, so you will have to wait patiently to get any on your phone.

As always, stay tuned to what's Happening Now for any updates.

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Source: The Verge
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