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What Do We Want? A Taco Emoji! When Do We Want It? Now!

Los Angeles magazine gets behind the campaign for a taco emoji.

It's National Taco Day, and while we generally dislike all of the weak excuses for food holidays, especially the ones with weak websites, we thought this would be a good moment to get in on the taco emoji campaign.

Wait, what's an emoji? OK, we understand that not everyone out there is familiar with the concept of these colorful little icons. Here's a primer: Like an emoticon on steroids, emojis are delightful little images that translate from the Japanese into pictograph—the word literally means "picture" (e) + "letter" (moji). There are hundreds of them, and many of the most popular ones represent food items. Different operating systems offer different collections of these tiny icons. Here's are the ones available on the iPhone OS.

 

 🌰🌱🌲🌳🌴🌵🌷🌸🌹🌺🌻🌼🌽🌾
🌿🍀🍁🍂🍃🍄🍅🍆🍇🍈🍉🍊🍋🍌
🍍
🍎🍏🍐🍑🍒🍓🍔🍕🍖🍗🍘🍙🍚
🍛🍜🍝🍞🍟 🍠🍡🍢🍣🍤🍥🍦🍧🍨
🍩🍪🍫🍬🍭🍮🍯🍰🍱🍲🍳🍴🍵🍶

 

There's a slice of pizza emoji and a stalk of corn emoji, a Granny Smith apple emoji and a chocolate candy bar emoji. There's a glass of red wine, a carton of French fries, a few different kinds of sushi, a slice of cake and a donut. But there's no taco emoji!

Earlier this year, a reddit post suggested that using the Mexican emoji and the sandwich emoji together would suffice. We disagree.

However is one to express a pining for tacos without a taco emoji? It's up to L.A., we've decided, to get this emoji made. We've contacted the people behind this, the campaign for a taco emoji, to express our support. Sign the petition here. But don't be in any hurry. The process for creating a new emoji is a long one, as you can imagine.

We're also pledging support for this taco emoji design, created by illustrator Chris Rushing. In case it's not approved, we'd gladly help design one with the help of our resident taco expert.

Come on L.A., let's rally! It's National Taco Day!