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About 250 new emojis are being added to library

New Emojis, Middle Finger On The Way

A whole new set of emojis (including a middle finger) will soon be on smartphones for all of us to creatively entertain ourselves and -- let's be honest -- waste time.

Unicode, the company that standardizes text across the software industry, announced more than 2,800 new characters that it's adding in Version 7.0. That includes about 250 new emojis.

As Business Insider reports, the list includes (but is not limited to):
  • Weight lifter
  • Golfer
  • Racing car
  • Racing motorcycle
  • Desert
  • Stadium
  • Admission tickets
  • Sports medal
  • Studio microphone
  • Beach umbrella
  • Film frames
In addition to these, The Washington Post reported in March that Apple believed there needed to be more multicultural options in the emoji library and said it was working closely with Unicode.

Unicode noted the Russian ruble and the Azerbaijani manat among the characters and emoji it added. You can see some of the new additions highlighted here.

What new emoji is grabbing the most headlines, though? The middle finger. Yes, Unicode IF595 is an emoji of a fist with that middle finger blasting whoever you send it to -- playfully or otherwise.

If you're offended, don't worry. Unicode simply standardizes the basic body of its characters. It doesn't choose how the finished product looks.

The Washington Post points out, "That's up to developers like Apple, who decide how to render Unicode characters ... as well as which characters to render, at all. Just because the middle finger shows up in the Unicode charts, for instance, doesn't mean it'll be coming to an iPhone near you."

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onionson June 17 2014 at 2:48 PM

Great, this will give people many more things to look at before they walk into a pole.

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jjacinm onionson June 17 2014 at 3:39 PM

drive like the idiot that they are,

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Kate onionson June 17 2014 at 7:09 PM

I've seen that happen more times than I can count, and while I don't mean to be mean, it's hard to not laugh.

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Laraine June 17 2014 at 2:20 PM

This is news??? smh

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hovahkiin June 17 2014 at 1:49 PM

Bahaha. "Flip all you haters"

Man i'm tasteless

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koochmn June 17 2014 at 2:07 PM

The world needed those...

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bigred8690 June 17 2014 at 7:19 PM

Emojis should be according to race. So if you're an Asian who's really from Asia, you only have one emoji, which means people can't tell what you're thinking, which is what it is 99% of the time anyway.

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xcavanaugh June 17 2014 at 5:43 PM

I hope that there Attorneys are hard at work, as I have a U.S Paten on Ethnicons, and I know my attorneys are looking at this issue if you would like to know more about Ethnicons go to www.facebook.com/Ethnicons and give it LIKE

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dashdzl June 17 2014 at 4:42 PM

I'd rather flip someone off in real time driving. that way it's not anonymous

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Sekinu2 June 17 2014 at 4:02 PM

Wait people still use these? I thought these died out back with aol where they pretty much came from 15 years agao

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Diane June 17 2014 at 3:17 PM

put the middle finger on and then track how many times it used, the number will shock you hahaha.....because we know you can ;)

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abudotcom June 17 2014 at 3:11 PM


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captjameslee abudotcom June 18 2014 at 5:19 AM

WTF over

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captjameslee abudotcom June 18 2014 at 5:19 AM

WTF over

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