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The Most Popular Word of 2015 Isn’t Even a Word

The Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year is an emoji. (Image:  wochit News   via  Screenshot/YouTube  )
The Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year is an emoji. (Image: wochit News via Screenshot/YouTube )

The most popular word for the year 2015 is not a word. According to Oxford Dictionaries, it belongs to an emoji. The common pictograph of a “Face with Tears of Joy” has been chosen as the “word” of the year as used by the British.

Oxford University Press partnered with SwiftKey, a mobile technology company, to find the most popular emoji of 2015. The findings in the UK revealed the “Face with Tears of Joy” was selected 20 percent of all emojis, and in the U.S. it was 17 percent.

This is the first time a pictograph has been chosen.

According to wochit News, Oxford Dictionaries president Casper Grathwohl said: “It’s not surprising that a pictographic script like emoji has stepped in to fill those gaps — it’s flexible, immediate, and infuses tone beautifully.”

Watch the wochit News report:

If you have a smartphone, it’s not possible to miss the array of emojis that are available. Emojis originated in Japan — of course.

Other words appearing in Oxford Dictionaries’ list of consideration include “on fleek,” meaning extremely good, attractive, or stylish, and the slang term “lumbersexual.” It’s not a term I ever heard of before, but it’s a word for a young, urban man who dresses like he’s living an outdoor lifestyle. Full beard and check shirts are a typical combination.

“Dark Web” is also a new edition to Oxford Dictionaries. Dark Web means a part of the World Wide Web only accessible through the use of special software that allows users and website operators to be anonymous and untraceable. And it can get pretty “dark,” and it is massively used for illegal activity. Might be safer to stick with emojis.

This is the world’s most popular emoji (and word!) and it’s all smiles (Image: wochit News via YouTube/Screenshot)

This is the world’s most popular emoji (and word!), and it’s all smiles. (Image: wochit News via YouTube/Screenshot)

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