Emoji are wierd

So I put a “man shrugging” emoji in my last post; it shows up strangely in RSS as displayed by NetNewsWire, showing “woman shrugging”, the “mars zodiac” sign and a bar code. No idea. Chaos, emergent.

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  1. “Man shrugging” isn’t exactly its own code point in Unicode – instead it is a male variant of “woman shrugging”, using a combining character to join two components: components: “woman shrugging” + “male” = “man shrugging”. NNW’s text renderer is likely for whatever reason not aware of the new rules. So it shows you the pieces instead of the results. The same combining trick works for families and skin tones. It’s wild.


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