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The Word of the Year 2015 isn't even a word

It's an emoji

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 18 Nov 2015

Word of 2015

Oxford Dictionaries has announced the Word of the Year 2015 and it's not what you think. It's a pictograph, or emoji. It's the cry-laughing emoji to be specific and it's been officially labelled the 'Face with Tears of Joy'.

Apparently, the emoji was chosen for best reflecting "the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015." If you're not familiar with the term emoji, it means "a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication." It originated from the word 'emoticon' which came from the combinations of 'emotion' and 'icon'.

The frequently used emoticon beat the following words:

Ad blocker: A piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page.

Brexit: A term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Dark Web: 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.

Lumbersexual: A young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style of dress (typically by a beard and checked shirt) suggestive of a rugged outdoor lifestyle.

On fleek: Extremely good, attractive, or stylish.

Refugee: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.

Sharing economy: 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: Used to refer to a person of unspecified sex.

Related: 'Vape' named word of the year


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