There was a lot of excitement (particularly in America) about the release of a new pancake emoji last week. The Americans love their pancakes, so it makes sense that an icon to denote them should be introduced at some point. If you are discussing what you had for breakfast, it’s more fun to say:
than type the word “pancakes”.
Whilst the artwork looks reasonably good, it clearly represents the American version, with the pancakes forming a small stack. In Euorpe (and here in England where we are still – just about – in Europe) we tend to favour the larger, thinner option – sometimes called a crepe or crêpe. And I think it’s about time we had an emoji for crepes.
When we established our mobile creperie – way, way back in the mists of time – crepes were not at all widespread. There were only a handful of crepe companies in the whole of the UK and we are very proud to be amongst that first wave of pioneers who helped make the crepe as popular in the UK as it is today. And although we specialise in private functions, mainly weddings, private parties and corporate events, we have noticed that the crêpe has grown in popularity and is much more widely known. And although many people still call them pancakes, they are much more established and are becoming the pancake of choice for people here in the UK.
So the American style emoji, while obviously denoting pancakes, doesn’t really symbolise things adequately for us here in the United Kingdom. We just don’t do pancakes that way. I therefore hope to see an icon to represent our version arriving soon. Perhaps it could show the crepe being made using the special tool (which wedding guests always find fasicinating). Perhaps it could show two crepes being made side by side, or folded into a triangle. Or from my point of view, it perhaps ought to show them in the context of a wedding, as that is where I personally most often see them.