John Kelly on the fire emoji: "Depicting a reddish-yellow flame, 🔥 Fire is used to convey, beyond literal fires, a range of figurative expressions connected to fire. This includes senses of 'excellent' (lit), 'attractive' (hot), 'scathing or searing' (sick burn), or 'performing exceptionally well' (on fire), among other senses."
Regular readers will be used to "X person wanted an emoji, they submitted a proposal, and now it is an emoji" articles by now. I don't often link to them as they are so many and they tend to follow a very similar path.
This is the exception, as Mark Bramhill might be the one to document his own experience the most clearly for his own podcast, and this video covering that in the Washington Post is well done.
A look at the Santa emoji over the years - from Google "ruining Christmas" to "Mother Christmas" phrasing...a term rarely seen anywhere except in a hundred year old book and in the Unicode Standard.
Tracking the evolution of the baby angel since the 15th century. I love when an emoji intersects with art and history in such a clear way.
Firstly, this is v cool having an IRL calendar with 🥳 World Emoji Day on it. Secondly - if you didn't win one in the giveaway last month - you can now order your own 2019 Unicalendar right here.
Wherein I attempt to detail how and why some flags have emojis, and others don't. It's a complex beast.