The Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America)

"Dr. Slump".
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I thought it was a joke that they were pushing for the poop to be in the first cut, but I quickly learned that it was not a joke at all. It's basically like having all of the letters in the English alphabet, but getting rid of random ones. Like, "Let's take out 'B' because 'B' kind of offends me." We said, "We can't launch emoji without the poop." Not only is it extremely popular in Japan -- like extremely popular -- you can't just arbitrarily take letters out of the alphabet. [...]

I would reject the notion that it has one meaning [...] but I guess the most common use is probably "that's unfortunate, and I would like to punctuate my comment with a reiteration that I am displeased at what has just been expressed." It's the anti-like.

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4 Responses:

  1. Joe says:

    So, this post hangs my feed reader, which I think means I need to find a new feed reader.

  2. margaret says:

    Darick: We pushed hard for the poop emoji.

  3. moof says:

    For your Japanese metallic poop souvenir buying pleasure.

    IMHO, the various Japanese cellphone carriers' icons would have made it to Unicode sooner or later, regardless of what Google or Apple thought or did. Despite what the article implies, the entities in the Private Use Area weren't completely out-of-sync.

  4. Ted Mielczarek says:

    I was hoping this article would get into who came up with the idea of the poop emoji in the first place, but they seem to gloss over that. Still fascinating historical details.

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