It might be a while before you can include a dumpling emoji in a text message. But later this year you might be able to add a croissant, avocado, owl, or sneezing face with the tap of a button.

Unicode 9.0 will be released in June, 2016 and the Unicode Consortium has just unveiled 74 characters that are being considered for inclusion.

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It’s possible that not all of the new characters will make the cut, but if they do we could finally be able to use a single character to represent a face palm, shrug, left-facing fist, right-facing fist, cucumber, bacon, face with cowboy hat, or man in tuxedo, just to name a few of the new options.

There’s nothing quite as racy as the middle finger that was added to Unicode 7.0 a while back.

But it turns out that selecting universal characters to represent items such as milk or beans can be pretty tough: As Jennifer 8. Lee discovered when she started looking into the Unicode Consortium (to find out why there’s no dumpling emoji and how to rectify that situation), the organization spends a lot of time trying to figure out if a milk carton would be understood universally or not (the group ultimately decided to just use a glass of milk.

In fact, there’s currently no emoji for “bean” because people in different parts of the world have a different image of what a bean is. Should the universal character be a picture of a kidney bean? How about a soy bean? Maybe a pinto bean?

The thought behind dumpling, by the way, is that there are versions of the foods in many countries, and a single Unicode character could represent gyoza, ravioli, empanadas, and pierogi.

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