And The Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year Is…

Actually an emoji.

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For the first time ever, the powers that be at Oxford Dictionaries have decided that the word of the year should be an emoji. The β€˜face with tears of joy’ emoji to be exact. Yes, this one here πŸ˜‚ (Previous years’ winners include β€˜vape’ and β€˜selfie,’ so some might say this was inevitable, really).

They explained, β€˜There were other strong contenders from a range of fields, but πŸ˜‚ was chosen as the β€˜word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.’

Oxford University Press teamed up with mobile tech company SwiftKey and found out that the crying-laughing face emoji was the most used emoji globally in 2015. It accounted for 20 per cent of all the emojis used in the UK alone, compared to just 4 per cent last year.

The πŸ˜‚ emoji beat some stiff competition to become word of the year, with the shortlist including the likes of β€˜on fleek’ and β€˜lumbersexual.’

Here’s the shortlist in full:

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.

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