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The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over


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The melting face emoji.

The proposed design for the melting face emoji, one of 37 new emojis that will begin rolling out later this year.

Credit: Google

There are times when words feel inadequate — when one's dread, shame, exhaustion or discomfort seems too immense to be captured in written language.

That's where the melting face emoji comes in.

The face, fixed with a content half-smile even as it dissolves into a puddle, is one of 37 new emojis approved this year by the Unicode Consortium, the organization that maintains the standards for digital text. Other emojis that made the cut include saluting face, dotted line face and a disco ball.

These new emojis will roll out over the course of the next year. But already the melting face has found fans on social media, who see it as a clear representation of the coronavirus pandemic's vast psychological toll.

From The New York Times
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