Every year guardian of our language, Oxford Dictionaries, picks its word of the year – meant to represent where we are at as a human race.
I don’t think I like where we are as, in an unprecedented move they have declared 2015’s word of the year, well, not a word. Instead, they have gone for a pictograph – more commonly known as known as an emoji. Which one? The ‘tears of joy’ emoji. Of course.
In a statement, Oxford Dictionaries, said:
That’s right – for the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph: ?, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, though you may know it by other names. ? was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.
The now infamous emoji defeated other fine contenders including ‘on fleek,’ ‘refugee,’ ‘dark web’ and ‘lumbersexual.’ Which are all distinctly wordier than the victor. Oxford Dictionaries says it chose this particular emoji as its word of the year for its increased use.
In the statement it adds:
This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and ? was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015.
In fact, they identified that ? made up 20 percent of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17 percent of those in the US: a sharp rise from 4 percent and 9 percent respectively in 2014.
I haven’t seen many people walking around, tears of streaming down their faces, gushing with pure joy. Maybe everyone isn’t quite as cheery as they claim to be. Hmmm.