World rejoices as 'pinched fingers' or 'rega' emoji is released


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Via:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  last year  •  14 comments


World rejoices as 'pinched fingers' or 'rega' emoji is released

Since the Front Page is taken up 90% by politics, I thought I would try to sneak just a little bit of VARIETY onto it. Perhaps because I'm not an American I'm not quite so obsessed.

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World rejoices as 'pinched fingers' or 'rega' emoji is released

Whatever you call it, Quentin Somerville, the Middle East correspondent for the BBC, sees the codification of the regional signifier for “hold on to your horses” as welcome good news.


'Pinching fingers' emoji  (photo credit: EMOJIPEDIA TWITTER)

What would you call the latest  emoji  announced for 2020, named “pinched fingers”? Israelis would call it the “ rak rega ,” or “wait a moment,” emoji. The Arab world would probably call it the “ sabar ,” or “ shway, shway habibi ,” emoji. Meanwhile, Italians might call it the “ ma che vuoi ,” or “what do you want,” emoji.

Whatever you call it, BBC Mideast correspondent Quentin Somerville said codification of the regional signifier for “hold on to your horses” is welcome news.

He is not alone, and everyone has their own interpretation of the new emoji’s meaning. What it means for Israelis is that this hand gesture, which seems incredibly rude to outsiders but in Israel is just a formality of society, will be readily available with just a touch of the keyboard.


However, while the Middle East shares one version of the hand gesture, Emojipedia, the creators, share another.

“An  emoji  showing all fingers and thumb held together in a vertical orientation, sometimes referred to as the Italian hand gesture  ma che vuoi ,” is the description given by Emojipedia on their website.

Italians rejoiced at the announcement of the new emoji, with many celebrating the stereotype.

“Huge day for us Italian-Americans. This will undo  Jersey Shore ,” said comedian Samantha Ruddy. Fellow comedian Jaboukie Young-White noted: “Italians, we won.”

New Jersey’s official Twitter account merely tweeted, “endorsed.”

Others had their own unorthodox interpretations of the hand signal, such as turning it upside down is the universal gesture for a pinch of salt. Another Twitter user said it looks like someone eating rice with their hands.

Regardless, the “pinched fingers” emoji will be released as a part of a collection of 117 emojis over the course of 2020. The list includes ninjas, a smiley face with a tear, numerous new animals, a boomerang, a Russian Matryoshka doll, a piñata and a toothbrush.

More-serious emojis will be released as well, including gender-neutral spouses, the transgender flag, Santas and parents.

New in Emoji 13.0: Transgender Flag   #Emoji2020

— Emojipedia (@Emojipedia)   January 29, 2020

Now approved: 117 new emojis for 2020   #Emoji2020

— Emojipedia (@Emojipedia)   January 29, 2020


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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    last year

Has anyone else got a seed/article to post that ISN'T about politics?

The photo has to do with Obama's hand gesture, and not about politics - it was part of the seed and I'm bound to reproduce the whole seed for copyright reasons.  (That comment is for the information of anyone who thinks that I quoted elsewhere what JFK said more than half a century ago was a political rant.)

Split Personality
PhD Principal
1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    last year

Yes I posted three on 1/31 and another today.

Thanks for asking.

Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @1.1    last year

Thanks for doing it.

Professor Principal
2  JohnRussell    last year

I dislike most emojis. 

Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @2    last year

Maybe so, but you recently used one on a reply to me.

PhD Expert
3  Tacos!    last year

I was completely unfamiliar with this. Ya learn something new every day I guess.

Sophomore Silent
4  JaneDoe    last year

My Italian Grandmother used to use that hand gesture. Mostly when she was mad and getting her point across.

Sophomore Silent
4.1  zuksam  replied to  JaneDoe @4    last year

I've seen a lot of Italian Americans do this while telling someone to Fongool. Of coarse I'm sure your Grandmother would never say that, at least not in front of the grandkids.

Sophomore Silent
4.1.1  JaneDoe  replied to  zuksam @4.1    last year

When we were young we didn’t know what the heck she was saying. We just knew someone curled her feathers. Of course along the way you can’t help but pick up the meaning of some of the words...

Professor Quiet
4.2  TTGA  replied to  JaneDoe @4    last year
My Italian Grandmother used to use that hand gesture. Mostly when she was mad and getting her point across.

Sounds like a polite?? indication that her patience might be wearing thin Jane.  The other Italian hand gesture that's been around for a while is not nearly as nice.

Sophomore Silent
4.2.1  JaneDoe  replied to  TTGA @4.2    last year

What gesture would that be? 😂

We Italians just have to use our hands while we speak. It helps get the point across! 

I grew up with Northern Italians on one side and Sicilians on the other. I have seen them all, I think. 

It Is ME
Masters Principal
5  It Is ME    last year

“hold on to your horses”

What ?

I was thinking it meant "Tiny Violin for you" (Which woulda been funnier). jrSmiley_87_smiley_image.gif

Who knew. jrSmiley_97_smiley_image.gif

Split Personality
PhD Principal
5.1  Split Personality  replied to  It Is ME @5    last year

256 unofficial violin emoji

96 official tiny violin emoji 64

It Is ME
Masters Principal
5.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  Split Personality @5.1    last year

I like just the "Fingers" meaning that , BETTER ! jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif


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