This is the kind of thing that the smiling, heart-eyed emoticon was made for

By Jelisa Castrodale
June 19, 2014 12:00 PM

This is the kind of thing that the smiling, heart-eyed emoticon was made for. Earlier this week, the Unicode Consortium announced that its latest update (coming in July) would include over 250 new emoji, which means that we can finally – FINALLY – stop over-Tweeting our old favorites; we’re looking at you, uncontrollably sobbing sad face.

Some of the newest items on Unicode’s list of textable signs and symbols include a chipmunk, a spider, a chili pepper and a levitating businessman – which will be perfect for when your boss finally implements those new Gravity-Free Fridays.

Unfortunately, the new additions won’t immediately appear on our iPhones or Android devices. Apple and Google will have to redesign the symbols for their respective platforms, and each of them will decide which ones will be added to their own emoji dictionaries. (Emojionaries?) But still! Here are ten of our favorite new icons, along with some helpful suggestions for how to use them.

Sun Behind Small Cloud, Cloud with Rain, Cloud with Lightning, etc.: There are a dozen new meteorological emoji, which should make it much easier to start that text-based relationship with The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.

Wind-Blowing Face: This is perfect for any conversation about politicians.

Black Droplet: Use this to casually let your friends know that you once killed someone in prison.

Cassette Tape Cartridge: Now you can text your niece and nephew to let them know about those dark, not-too-distant days when you had to rewind your music or – worse – HAD TO BUY IT ON CASSINGLE.

Snow-Capped Mountain: “While you’re out at the store, could you pick up some Coors Light?”

Derelict Home Building: This says either “I’m spending the day watching Flip This House reruns” or “I’m on my way to Detroit.”

Dove of Peace: Send this to your roommate when you’re ready to forgive her for erasing the Game of Thrones finale from your DVR.

Dark Sunglasses: Unicode has described this symbol as representing “cool,” but it also represents “That was too much Coors Light, so please take that cassette tape, quietly close the door behind you and leave me alone for a few hours.”

Raised Hand with Part Between Middle and Ring Fingers: Otherwise known as the Vulcan salute, which can either convey your Star Trek fandom or concisely explain that the guy you met from OKCupid was logical and emotionless and had a very distinct set of eyebrows.

Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended: You’re definitely in Detroit.

To see all the new emojis, check out this helpful PDF from the Unicode Consortium.

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