WASHINGTON — While writing is my first and true love, there’s room in my heart for emojis. And I admit this without apology.
The kissy-face cat and wine glass are favorites of mine. Sometimes I’ll construct entire thoughts using only emojis. It’s a bit like a modern day haiku.
But all too often, as any emojer knows, I resort to words because not everything in our world has been captured in its emoji form. For example, there’s no taco emoji. There’s no burrito emoji. I mean, for the love of everything that’s right in the world, there’s not even a cheese emoji.
And while I may not be able to accurately express my hunger just yet, those discussing the District of Columbia on their mobile devices now have an option.
A new app called Emoji DC is lending a hand to encapsulate the District in a way words just cannot.
The new app can be downloaded to a user’s smartphone and then given permissions via “settings” to show up as a separate keyboard — much like the current emoji keyboard does. Choose the D.C. emoji you want and then copy, paste and send to your partner in modern-day communication on the other end of your smartphone.
There aren’t any emojis for broken escalators or cherry blossom tourists as DCist suggests, but there are a few interesting options.
If you want to send your friends a cheeseburger with a D.C. flag sticking out of it, you can now. Or, if you want to shut down someone in a debate, shoot a Constitution emoji.
A little more on the mark, there are pictures of monuments, a Metro car and D.C. landmarks.
If you download this app, you’ll find the process isn’t as smooth as the emoji keyboard that comes with smartphones. You have to paste the District emoji before you send, and the picture is rather large. But, hey. At least it’s there.