Let the Taco Texting Begin: The Taco Emoji Is Now a Reality

Ladies and gentlemen, now when you text your friends, you can spice things up with a little taco flava.

Ladies and gentlemen, now, when you text your friends, you can spice things up with a little taco flavah.

Yes, after months of serious petitioning (not to mention abject begging and pleading and full-on demanding) from nimble-fingered Mexican-food fans, Unicode Consortium, which oversees the release of “picture characters” known as “emoji” and plans to add only about 60 new images per year, has elected to include a taco emoji in its new lineup, approved as part of Unicode 8.

The 37 new emoji (plus several emoji modifiers) introduced last week will also include a burrito, a cheese wedge, a hot dog, popcorn, a turkey, and “a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine, demonstrating a form of celebration.” Nonfood emoji include a unicorn head, a “money-mouth face” and a “nerd face” — just FYI.

Although the new emoji have been approved, it’s up to platform vendors like Apple, Google and Microsoft to fold them into future updates, Emojipedia notes.

Photo courtesy of @Change
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