Dinosaur Emoji Have Been Proposed!


I heard recently that someone has proposed three new emoji based on dinosaurs for the next version coming in 2017! And as awesome as that is, I must keep my enthusiasm down, because there’s of course the matter of them actually being accepted before we can start using T. rexes and Trikes in our text messages.

Proposed Female Emoji Professions

Proposed Female Emoji Professions

Three new emojis were recently accepted to be included in Unicode 10.0, the next universally accepted version, and they are Orange Heart, Sled, and Curling Stone. In addition to the new dinosaur set an expanded group of professions for female emojis have been proposed as well, including farming, health care, technology, business, rock star, education, and more. While more professional females would be welcome, I can’t help but cheer and hope for the dino ones to be accepted first!

Below are some details about the proposed dino emojis:

The current selection of emoji animals is missing a vital portion of natural species. While there are alligators, koalas, mice, snakes, whales, and dragons, utterly missing from the emoji pantheon are any extinct creatures. Specifically, none of the prehistoric dinosaurs that have captured the human imagination and become a part of our global culture are present. This proposal details a set of Jurassic emoji to fix this situation once and for all.

I propose 3 separate Jurassic Emoji, formally named: T-REX HEAD, BRONTO HEAD, and TRICERATOPS HEAD.

These emoji should properly be included in the Animals & Nature category, after animal-reptile, and preferably in a new category of animal-dinosaur.

The proposal goes on to explain why dinosaur-based emoji would be a welcome addition to users, using a graph to show an increase in searches for dinosaurs:


The above graph compares searches for the term “dinosaur” versus searches for comparable emoji animals which are currently in the top half of emoji used, according to emojitracker.com. “Dinosaur” (without any additional qualifying terms like “T-Rex” or “velociraptor”) performs perfectly well.

The interest in dinosaurs as dinosaurs is even stronger than this graphic suggests, because Google trends include searches for items that are ancillary to the actual animal itself. People do not search for news on dinosaur attacks, as they would on sharks, lions, snakes, and alligators. The prudent individual rarely searches for dinosaur-skin shoes, nor do they look for an available source of local dinosaur sushi. Thus, many of the searches above are not for the actual animals themselves.

Here are more details about all three proposed emoji:

The Carnivore
emoji-carnivoreThe carnivorous dinosaur has taken on an extraordinary archetypal meaning in our society. The Tyrannosaurus Rex is a symbol of both terror and majesty. The velociraptor is a symbol of cunning, cooperation, and swift reprisal. “T-Rexing” is used to describe the destruction of physical property. And the exclamation of a carnivorous dinosaur—“rawr” is widely used in numerous circumstances. Popular narratives, ranging from the various Jurassic World franchises, through Land of the Lost, use these creatures to demonstrate the fragility of human dominance, both as a metaphor (like humans, dinosaurs once ruled the earth), and by literally pitting humans against the more physically overpowering carnivores. A T-Rex also represents hunger.

A properly drawn carnivorous dinosaur emoji will read onto all of the bipedal therapods that fire the imagination: T-Rex, velociraptor, allosaurus, and so on.

Because dinosaurs have been a part of human imagination since their discovery, the carnivore comes with it a host of additional meanings.

Thus, for instance, the carnivore emoji can stand in for a vociferous no. A series of carnivore emoji might indicate group action—as in a team of velociraptors taking out a person, or solving a larger problem. The carnivore emoji combined with the running man emoji could express fear or terror. It could also be a sign of hunger, or a sign of strength.

The Brontosaurus
emoji-brontosaurThe brontosaurus represents size, strength, and placidity. Sauropods were the largest land animals ever known to walk the earth, and the archetypal Brontosaurus means “thunder lizard,” because the ground would shake with every step. Long-neck dinosaurs have also been the protagonists of multiple movies, from THE LAND BEFORE TIME to THE GOOD DINOSAUR. They represent gentle giants. Rendering only the brontosaurus head also allows the figure to read on mythical representations such as that of the Loch Ness monster.

Brontosauruses are also known to be creatures whose evolutionary advantage was size, not brains.

On a figurative level, the brontosaurus may be used to indicate that someone is sweet, or that someone is particularly clueless.

The Triceratops
emoji-triceratopsArmored dinosaurs represent defensive strength. Thus, the triceratops emoji may be used to indicate that someone is ready to finish a fight, even if they won’t start it. It may indicate preparedness for an exam or a natural disaster. This emoji might also be used to indicate hostility to someone who has wronged you in the past.

So there you have it! Three new proposed dinosaur emoji! Of course these have not yet been approved, and they may never be. I for one hope that one day soon I can open my phone and shoot my friend a text using a T. rex next to a chicken-leg, letting them know I’m hungry. How about you?

Attribution: emojipedia.org


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