(PCM) Each year Oxford Dictionaries choose a word of the year and while they have had some questionable choices in the past, this year’s winner really takes the cake.
The winner of this year’s Oxford Dictionaries word of the year is not actually a word at all, but rather the pictograph officially titled “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji! Yes, that’s right, an emoji has been chosen at the word of year!
Oxford Dictionaries claim that they chose the emoji pictograph because it “best reflected the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015”. The “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji was the most used emoji globally throughout the year.
Even the word emoji itself has seen a huge increase in usage over the last few years tripling the amount of times it was used in 2014. Emojis are no longer something that only teens incorporate into text speak. They have become part of everyday language and expression and can cross every language barrier.
Other words that were notable contenders for the 2015 Oxford Dictionaries Word of The Year included sharing economy, on fleek, ad blocker, refugee, Dark Web and lumbersexual!
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