Oxford Dictionaries ‘Word’ of the Year isn’t a word

As silly as it sounds, this years Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 isn’t even a word. It is in fact… An emoji! That’s right! We can’t believe it either.

The “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji, as it is officially called, was chosen because it was the ‘word’ that “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015“. I don’t know whether I want to laugh or cry…

According to research done by SwiftKey, the Face with Tears of Joy emoji was the most commonly used emoji, making up 20% of the UK’s emoji usage and 17% of the US’. This is a sharp rise from 4% and 9% respectively in 2014.

Emoji usage graph
Increase in usage of the word ’emoji’ based on a study by Oxford Dictionary.

The word ’emoji’ has seen a significant rise in popularity since it was first used in the UK in 1997. It has seen a steady rise in use, however, in 2015 it has tripled in usage compared to 2014.

Before we all go about laughing about the newest ‘word’ of the year, take a look at what words were beaten by the emoji. Let us know in the comments if you agree or tell us what word you think should have represented 2015.

shortlist-WOTY-2015
Words shortlisted for Word of the Year 2015 by Oxford Dictionary.

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