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On 21 June, the world will become a slightly more agreeable place with the release of Unicode 9.0 - not because the standard will offer "Arabic characters to support Bravanese and Warsh, which are used in North and West Africa, along with Pakistani Quranic marks" and "significant updates to segmentation algorithms", but rather …

  1. Pen-y-gors Silver badge


    The Pakistani Quranic marks will make it easier to issue a fatwa on the bacon.

  2. g00se

    Well done

    That's just the ticket - juxtaposition of Arabic/Quranic marks and bacon. Clickbait? Or a bid to be the next Salman Rushdie? ;)

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Well done

      Just getting up a head of steam for my novel "The Satanic Breakfasts".

    2. Frumious Bandersnatch

      Re: Well done

      Don't you mean "Salami Rushdie"?


  3. cookieMonster

    bug report

    the shark is missing the laser

    1. Dadmin

      Re: bug report

      It also lacks a rider, so my favorite new sport Shark Rodeo is not represented very well at all. Epec failiers :P

  4. Velv



  5. Mage Silver badge


    Is there one?

    Probably it would be irrelevant.

    I wonder what these look like at about 16 point in monochrome sans or serif style?

    1. Vinyl-Junkie

      Re: Dictionary

      Dictionaries are here:

  6. SteveK

    Still doesn't seem to be a unicode character for a teapot though.

    1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      You can have: teacup without handle U+1F375

      I was hoping for the laser hazard symbol. Poison, radiation, biohazard and high voltage are available, but not laser. The closest is sixteen pointed asterisk: ✺ U+273A

      I thought I was going to get away with putting a teacup symbol in the title. It worked in preview, but got caught when I clicked submit. Anyone got a list of vulture friendly code points?

      1. petef

        Re: You can have: teacup without handle U+1F375

        I just had the same post rejected too.Guess we'll need to stick with the established 2615 ☕ HOT BEVERAGE = tea or coffee, depending on locale

    2. Mark Simon

      What do you mean by teapot?

      I thought there was …

  7. Aleph0

    John Travolta emoji

    I don't know how I managed to survive to this day without it...

  8. Nixinkome

    But yer h'nor

    It depends on context whatever communication system is used be it words, code, gifs, cartoons, photographs, films, games, etc...

    I'd like to know what the imagined context is for these emoji:

    Kiwi Fruit?

    Monkey Nuts?

    Waterway Obstruction, sorry, I mean shopping trolley?

    Hay Fever??

    Glass half full of white liquid [or whole milk]?

    Pregnant blond girl's top half?

    Either, or?

    Dancing Queen?

    Me, dribble?

    Was that untrue?

    Velv's Gorilla Harambe is poignant..

    .. since such a fine emoji of a silverback has been released - pun double intended.

    I've now spoken for a minute without deviation, distraction, interruption or unintelligible emojis.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Tumbler Glass"

    That one with the ice? Heresy!

  10. Scott 53

    Unicode a 'standard'?

    Perhaps we should have a defined Unicode standard for the number of fingers on the human hand as these emoji designers can't seem to agree on the matter.

    1. Dadmin

      Re: Unicode a 'standard'?

      The reason for that is the old animation studios could crank out more cells if they didn't spend too much time on the artwork, so four fingers became a standard for human looking hands in cartoons. I find five fingered hands in cartoons to be quite odd looking, so I think they were onto something. It's just a thing, not a corn-spire-acy. Don't waste a beautiful Friday thinking about such things. Take off the tinfoil hat and let some cosmic rays and spy satellite microwave beams soothe your jangled nerves, friend.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    The main stream media seem to be obsessed with emoji.

    The media never do anything for no reason. Can an enlightened commentard explain how emoji are connected to bigger picture of political corruption, and global governance conspiracy?

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Conspiracy

      First, explain the need for emojis? For my needs, ASCII has served well. In some forums, emoticons are available but they're just a .gif to replace the ASCII.

  12. jzl

    Streaky bacon?

    If you change your language to English (UK) will you get proper back bacon instead?

    1. Vinyl-Junkie

      Re: Streaky bacon?

      With rinds!

  13. DrXym Silver badge

    Emojis are so ephemeral

    I really don't see why it's Unicode's job to store silly little pictures which change from one week to the next.

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: Emojis are so ephemeral

      If they don't work on Emoji they might have to do work on alphabets which are hard...

    2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

      Re: Emojis are so ephemeral

      There are a couple of better choices. Chinese has plenty of pictograms, with the bonus that if people use them, they might be able to read a few words of Chinese. Chinese letters are often simplified for writing with a brush to the point that they are too abstract to guess. Egyptian hieroglyphs are much more recognisable, but fewer people have ancient language fonts installed than Chinese.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's wrong with ASCII?

    Worked for me for the last 52 years.

    1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

      Re: What's wrong with ASCII?

      Thee and me both. If you're going to give me bacon, bloody tell me; don't expect me to recognise the same symbol that has been printed on hand driers for years.

      Emojis have no place in the writings of civilised people.

      1. Dr Scrum Master

        Re: What's wrong with ASCII?

        Emojis have no place in the writings of civilised people.

        Damned Egyptians bringing down the levels of literacy!

  15. Bucky 2

    Forget the bacon. It also seems to include a Bacardi emoji.

  16. Elmer Phud

    There's a thingy shaped like a vegetable

    1. Dadmin

      Yes, they got complaints and had to swap out the one which is a vegetable shaped like a "thingy."


      What, an apricot?

      NO, a "THINGY!" *raises eyebrows*

      OH, a "thingy!" Well, that will certainly spice up the wife's salad this evening!

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    1. Allan George Dyer Silver badge

      Re: Finally...

      I detect a cultural bias. Isn't this

      equally valid as a martial arts uniform?

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They forgot one


    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: They forgot one

      Any emoji will do for that.

    2. Frumious Bandersnatch

      Re: They forgot one


      Calm down, AC. I'm sure you'll get in next time.

  19. stucs201

    Surely the existing ≈ is close enough?

    1. Frumious Bandersnatch

      Surely the existing ≈ is close enough?

      Nope. You want to be able to print these on bacon dispensers hand-driers, so the bacon warm air symbol needs to be pointing down.

      (Egad! I guess if you look for long enough, everything ≈ ≈)

      1. stucs201

        Re: Surely the existing ≈ is close enough?

        There's nothing wrong with having to turn your head on it's side to read an emoticon/smiley/emoji :-)

        1. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

          Re: Unicode has lots or letters on their side

          ≀≀ ∬ ⌇⌇ (a post must contain letters)

  20. John Tserkezis

    Sure they have a shark, but where is its laser?

    1. Frumious Bandersnatch

      @ John Tserkezis

      Your objection has been unduly noted.

  21. enormous c word

    I hate graphical emoji

    character emoticons rule! Part of the fun is trying to work out what they mean and can reveal a lot about the sender B-{)#

  22. ukgnome

    Still no Ginger

    This is just another form of bullying.

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