Oxford Word of the Year is an Emoji

November 16th, 2015 | by

The Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year was announced as an emoji, specifically the “tears of joy” one. This was chosen by the prominent dictionary firm as a symbol of the mood and interests of people throughout the past year.

The emoji was chosen as the word of the year after working with SwiftKey, a predictive-text keyboard tool for mobile devices used to review how people use particular words. The group found that the “tears of joy” emoji was used extensively around the United States and United Kingdom. Nearly one-fifth of all emoji usage was for this particular one.

Many other words were considered as the Word of the Year including as blocker, Dark Web, sharing economy and “they” when used in a singular form.

Other winners of this honor from the past since the award was first introduced in 2004 include vape, selfie, credit crunch, carbon footprint, Sudoku and chav.

Source: NBC News