From ‘wind blowing face’ to ‘man in business suit levitating’, a new batch of emojis shows we’ve moved way, way beyond just smileys and sad faces
Words are overrated – ask anyone on the internet – which is why millions outsource the act of expressing their deepest feelings to emoji. From the familiar yellow faces (grimaces and grins galore) to more cryptic images (“ballet dancers with bunny ears”, “busts in silhouette”) – emojis are an inescapable part of modern life. And now software standards group the Unicode Consortium has announced a new range, to be released in July, adding some 250 new emojis to our lexicon. There aren’t images for them all yet, but we do at least know their names. Here are seven of the most intriguing – and when to use them. [Insert celebratory “flamenco dancer in red dress” emoji].
Wind Blowing Face: One of a number of new weather emoji in the batch, this will be practical for anyone in the UK between the months of October to July. And chunks of August and September, too.
Derelict House Building: Is your neighbourhood in dire need of gentrification? Alert property developers with this handy emoji and get priced out of your home even faster.
Empty Document: For days when the words just don’t come. University students will love this one.
Anger Bubble: Why be direct when a passive-aggressive emoji can do it for you?
Dark Sunglasses: To denote hangovers from hell. The only current alternative is a sun with sunglasses on, which is not only inadequate, but also nonsensical – why would the sun need sunglasses? Think it through, guys.
Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended: Come on. [Insert “unamused face” emoji] This is self-explanatory, no?
Man in Business Suit Levitating: When won’t this be useful?
You can read the full list of new emojis here.
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Israel PM’s wife Sara Netanyahu convicted of misusing public funds
An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.
Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered to pay a fine and compensation, in a deal approved by Jerusalem magistrates' court justice Avital Chen.
Netanyahu was also fined 10,000 shekels ($2,800) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels, the latter of which she will pay in nine installments, at her request.
What does the Trump administration want from Iran?
It was the latest in a series of assaults on tankers transporting oil through the Gulf. In May, Saudi, Norwegian and Emirati oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, causing damage but no casualties. The attacks have gone unclaimed, so the perpetrator is unknown – at least publicly.
U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival, blamed the Iranian government and called the May attacks “naked aggression.” Saudi King Salman asked the international community to “use all means” to punish Iran.
Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’
Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.
Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.
Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.
He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.