Emoji of the year?: Word Of The Year

Published: November 17, 2015

Emoji of the year?: Word Of The Year, You won’t find it in the dictionary and you can’t really pronounce it. And whether you can write it down depends on your artistic ability.

Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year is not, strictly speaking, a word. It’s 😂.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is 😂! https://t.co/LjJyxO8cvv #OxfordWOTY pic.twitter.com/Ced28y3I6F

– @OxfordWords
Yes, the “word of the year” is an emoji, specifically the “face with tears of joy” emoji.

In a blog post, Oxford Dictionaries said, “😂 was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and pre-occupations of 2015.”

The dictionary publisher partnered with mobile keyboard software maker SwiftKey to analyze usage statistics for all emoji.

They found that 😂 was the most used emoji worldwide, making up 20 per cent of all the emojis used in the U.K. in 2015, and 17 per cent of those in the U.S.

But although Oxford Dictionaries chose to grace 😂 with this honour, don’t expect this or any other emoji to appear in a dictionary. At least, not in the near future.

@logophilous At the moment, we don’t have any plans to add emojis to the dictionary.

– @OxfordWords
The company also released a short list of runners-up for word of the year, including “sharing economy,” “on fleek” and, on a more serious note, “refugee.”

😂 is the #OxfordWOTY 2015, but what made the shortlist? https://t.co/qCz3IYitOZ pic.twitter.com/w5aFAaqx78

– @OxfordWords


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