Is there an emoji for Thank you

Mark E. Shoulson mark at
Tue Oct 5 17:27:46 CDT 2021

On 10/5/21 4:58 PM, Asmus Freytag via Unicode wrote:
> There's a HUUUGE distinction between
> (1) I wonder whether there's an emoji that's commonly used to express 
> "Thank You!" (and if so, what does it look like?).
> (2) We should have / add an emoji for "Thank You!" but I have no idea 
> what it would look like.

Good distinction/explanation, thank you.

"Thank You" is a "reaction" icon often wished-for in Slack 
conversations, at least where I work.  Slack lets you upload your own 
"emoji" (even animated ones) so people have supplied their own, but 
they're generally text-based, like a teeny-tiny post-it note that says 
"Thank you!" on it, or some animated colorful text like "thx!" or 
whatever.  But those are just pretty ways of using ordinary words and 


> The first goes into the direction that Tex perhaps was aiming at: 
> there are images that express ideas; some evoke these ideas 
> spontaneously, others may be associated with an idea by convention. 
> Existing emoji span both dimensions. Asking about how existing emoji 
> are used should always be fair game. And should definitely be 
> something that gets a decent answer on this list.
> The second is a no-go. Only if you are aware of a convention shared by 
> others that associates an image or icon with a concept should you 
> propose to reify that by adding the image to the emoji set. (You may 
> even choose to not propose it, regardless). However, if there's no 
> existing convention, and you are not aware of one, you should 
> definitely not raise a proposal.
> In other words, just because you think something ought to be 
> expressable --- unless you have a concrete expression for it, it can't 
> even be evaluated or considered, and unless you have an idea that 
> (many) others agree both on the need to express something and on the 
> proposed expression there's little chance that a proposal would find 
> favor.
> A./
> PS: now (3) "Is there anyone else here who thinks there ought to be a 
> visual shorthand for "Thank You!" and if so, what would it look like?" 
> would be a fair question. This list may not be the best one to ask it.
> On 10/5/2021 1:28 PM, Tex via Unicode wrote:
>> That's a bit unfair Mark. Someone can want to represent an idea (be it an object, emotion, action, or other concept) and not have the visual or artistic skills to know how to depict it, or simply not know the best way to do so, given many options being considered. People should be able to ask a question without there being an implication if you have to ask there is no answer.
>> And pictures often represent more than a static view of an object. The choice of the view and the context in the image can indicate action or other states.
>> There are many photographic images that communicate sadness, loneliness or a host of other emotions without showing facial expressions at all.
>> tex
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> Subject: Re: Is there an emoji for Thank you
>> Emoji are pictures of things.  To the extent they convey emotions, it's
>> because they're pictures of things (facial expressions) which we
>> associate with emotions.
>> If you can't say what it would look like, that almost definitionally
>> excludes it from being a emoji, a picture of a thing, doesn't it?
>> ~mark
>> On 10/5/21 2:51 PM, William_J_G Overington via Unicode wrote:
>>> Is there an emoji for
>>> Thank you
>>> ?
>>> If not, could there be, should there be?
>>> What would it look like?
>>> William Overington
>>> Tuesday 5 October 2021

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