Thursday 26 April 2018

'On fleek' beaten by laughing emoji to be named Oxford Dictionary's 'Word of the Year'

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

An emoji face has been named the Oxford Dictionary 'word' of the year, and a lot of people aren't happy about it.

The Oxford Dictionary in a statement said that the 'tears of laughter emoji' "best reflected the ethos, modd and preoccupations of 2015".

The shortlist included 'sharing economy', 'on fleek', 'ad blocker' and 'Dark Web' (arguably two words each).

'Lumbersexual' (a young, urban man who dresses like a lumberjack), 'Brexit' (Britain EU Exit) and refugee also made the list.

The androgynous term 'They' made the list, described as a term "used to refer to a person of unspecified sex".

Twitter users were very split over the announcement, with one writing "RIP language".

Another wrote "In a few decades we're going to be using a new form of heiroglyphs (sic) to write everything" while another defended the decision, writing "I do like the open-mindedness it shows about the flexibility of English...  It certainly encapsulates current language use very well".

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