06
Feb
12

Unicode character ‘pile of poo’

This is too cool. We now have an internationally recognized Unicode character ‘PILE OF POO‘.

The bad news?  The only font that I can find that supports this new, internationally recognized, and computationally defined character symbol for Poo is ‘Symbola‘. That’s fine, I guess. You can download the font files and install them on your own computer so that you can write a Word doc incorporating the symbol. But it means that we can’t use this symbol on our site because your browser probably won’t support it!  (You just get this: 💩) And that is just sad.

Interestingly, in the comments at BoingBoing (which is where we learned about this fantastic development) a commenter notes that ‘Pile of Poo’ is a Japanese emoji character, and is a carry over of the migration of emoji characters to Unicode. So it may not be that someone thought ‘hey this would be a useful symbol to have!’ – although another commenter notes that:

It was typographer and alphabetician Michael Everson, Irish representative to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2, who proposed that character name, which expresses the intent of the character (while other euphemisms were proposed, he tells me, none were nearly as apt).

But we think it’s great!


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