Yesterday, Oxford Dictionaries made history when they announced their 2015 “Word of the Year.” For the first time ever, the Word of the Year is a pictograph, officially known at “Face With Tears of Joy.” That’s right…it’s an emoji. Oxford says this emoji was chosen because it best “reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”
“Although emoji have been a staple of texting teens for some time, emoji culture exploded into the global mainstream over the past year,” Oxford’s team wrote in a press release. “Emoji have come to embody a core aspect of living in a digital world that is visually driven, emotionally expressive, and obsessively immediate.”
Oxford University Press teamed up with SwiftKey, the leading mobile technology business, to figure out what emoji is used most frequently across the world. Face With Tears of Joy was chosen because is the most used emoji globally in 2015!
Just for fun, here are the other words that made Oxford’s short list:
ad blocker, noun: A piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page.
Brexit, noun: A term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, from British + exit.
Dark Web, noun: The part of the World Wide Web that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.
on fleek, adjectival phrase: Extremely good, attractive, or stylish.
lumbersexual, noun: 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.
refugee, noun: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
sharing economy, noun: An economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either for free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet.
they (singular), pronoun: Used to refer to a person of unspecified sex.
I think I might be the only person in the world who doesn’t use the Face With Tears of Joy emoji…like, ever.