Emoji crowned Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year
The emoji Face with Tears of Joy has been chosen as Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year, thanks to its growing popularity and prevalence in messages.
Oxford Dictionaries has bestowed the emoji with the honour of its Word of the Year.
Traditionally, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that reflects the passing year in language. This is the first time that a pictograph, the Face with Tears of Joy, has been chosen, showing how far the humble emoji has come.
Oxford Dictionaries released a statement to acknowledge that “There were other strong contenders from a range of fields…but [Face with Tears of Joy] was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015.”
Emoji have been a common sight in messages for some time now, but Oxford noted that there has been a substantial increase in the use of the word this year. Meanwhile, SwiftKey found that Face with Tears of Joy was the most popular emoji across the world.
SwiftKey noted that this emoji comprised 17 percent of the emoji used in the U.S. in 2015 and 20 percent of those in the U.K.
Other candidates for Word of the Year included “on fleek” (Extremely good, attractive or stylish), and “lumbersexual” (A young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style of dress — typified by a beard and check shirt — suggestive of a rugged outdoor lifestyle).