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Take a look at the new emojis coming to your phones in 2019

Interracial relationships. A banjo. Guide and service dogs. Underpants. Waffles.

The next batch of emojis — Emoji 12.0 — has been approved by the Unicode Consortium, according to Emojipedia. (Though they likely won’t show up on your phones or computers until the second half of the year.)

Emoji 12.0 will contain 59 new emojis, although the different gender variations (including nonconforming) increases that number to 75, and the different skin tone options will give users a total of 230 new emojis.

The latest set expands the representation of people with disabilities, including people with wheelchairs, the deaf and hearing-impaired and the blind. It also includes a mechanical leg and arm, a cane for the blind and an ear with a hearing aid.

As for anything Maryland-specific, a flamingo emoji (Hampden, Hon!) and an oyster will join the crab, which was added to the animal ranks in a 2015 update. But no raven or oriole just yet.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the new emoji editions. (Note: These are just sample images; each vendor, like Apple or Google, will create their own designs.)

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