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Google Serves Up a New Salad Emoji to Avoid Offending Vegans

Since when do we have to make our salads "inclusive"? (public domain image from Wikimedia)

Diversity and inclusion are the buzzwords of the day, and tech companies are getting involved in the fray these days. Emoji designers have taken care to ensure that every hair color and skin tone gets an emoji, and nearly every country's flag now has its own emoji.

But that's not enough. Now our food emojis are subject to scrutiny. Google has taken pains to make sure their salad emoji is "inclusive" to vegans by taking the egg off the salad. That's right: we're worrying about salad emojiss these days.

Good Lord, aren't the vegans annoying enough? Now they want to police our emojis?

Now, I don't like egg on my salad anyway, but when is Google going to listen to my salad emoji concerns? I'm outraged, so here's my list of salad emoji demands.

I don't like tomatoes on my salad, so Google needs to take them off. I'd also like cheese, croutons, and dressing added to my salad. How about cucumbers? I know plenty of people who love cucumbers on their salads. I don't know a soul who eats salads that consist of just lettuce and tomatoes, so Google's salad emoji isn't nearly inclusive enough.

Ok, so I've just spent some time being a smart aleck, but here's the thing: if you don't like an emoji or if it's irrelevant to you for what ever reason, don't use it. It's that simple.

This is based on actual science.

"here's the thing: if you don't like an emoji or if it's irrelevant to you for what ever reason, don't use it. It's that simple." Unfortunately it ISN'T "that simple". People use emoji's assuming that everyone can translate their emoji into something useful. That is never more true than when we purchase an item that has to be assembled and there are NO written instructions. Not everyone's idea of what an emoji represents are the same. and heaven help someone with poor eyesight. Are we going back to the days of hieroglyphics?

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