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The Pinched Fingers Emoji’s Creator Explains Its Meaning

Here’s how the most popular new addition to the Unicode was conceived. Its origin has nothing to do with fisting.

Illustration: Tessa Modi

AtAt a journalism conference a few years ago, Jennifer 8. Lee, vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, was intrigued by a hand gesture her friend kept making. Adriano Farano…




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Drew Costley

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Drew Costley is a Staff Writer at FutureHuman covering the environment, health, science and tech. Previously @ SFGate, East Bay Express, USA Today, etc.

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