Just when you thought there was no more hope in the world, the Unicode Consortium has swooped in and provided a teeny tiny glimmer of hope.

That’s right, the oyster emoji was officially approved this week.

So that means that some time this year you should be able to send your friends little oyster emoji. Just make sure it’s in a month with “R.”

This year’s batch of 230 new emoji include a focus on representing gender neutral couples as well as people with differing abilities, including hearing, visual, and walking impairment.

Other random new emoji besides the oyster include: Sloth (so on trend!), flamingo, butter, banjo, ice, and of course the long-awaited pinching hand.

What’s that? Wondering what the heck the Unicode Consortium is? It’s a Californy-based group of software/tech folk and volunteers with backgrounds in fields like linguistics — helpful when you’re trying to graphically represent the spoken word. Each year the group deliberates on what new icons to approve to be released by the major tech companies.


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