Oxford Dictionaries' Phrase of the Yr is… an emoji

Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year is... an emoji

Oxford Dictionaries’ Phrase of the Yr is as a lot about capturing the cultural zeitgeist as it’s reflecting the evolution of the English language, and that is more true than ever in 2015. For the primary time ever, the establishment selected emoji (the “tears of pleasure” icon you see above) to win the dignity — sure, precise phrases misplaced out. It is an odd determination, to place it mildly, however Oxford notes that using the phrase “emoji” greater than tripled within the area of the previous yr, and the tears picture was the preferred emoji worldwide.

For those who’re nonetheless upset, simply be grateful that a number of the runner-ups did not make the reduce. There have been a number of good candidates, akin to “advert blocker” and “Darkish Net,” however Oxford might have additionally picked one thing as groan-inducing as “lumbersexual” or “on fleek.” Let’s simply hope that this does not turn into a behavior. Whereas emoji are extra in style than ever, we’re fairly positive that the fashionable vocabulary consists of greater than footage.

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