Oxford’s Word of the Year Is … an Emoji
For crying out loud. The Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year is “Face With Tears of Joy.” Judges selected a pictograph over traditional words because the symbols — shared via text, email and social media — best represent the “ethos, mood and preoccupations” of 2015 culture. Data shows the icon accounts for 20 percent of all emojis in the U.K. and 17 percent in the U.S. — and even the word “emoji” is enjoying a heyday. Nonetheless, the news has led some language experts to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in disbelief.