The venerated Oxford Dictionaries group has announced its Word of the Year for 2015, and that word is… not a word! For the first time ever in its history, the Oxford Dictionary (actually, “Dictionaries” but that just sounds wrong) has honored a pictograph as its Word of the Year – specifically the “face with tears of joy” emoticon.
Okay, so, that’s sort of weird.
But, according to the Oxford Words Blog, the “face with tears of joy” emoji “was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.” And after all, it is their honorific to bestow.
So while it may not have the panache as last year’s Word of the Year, “vamp”, or 2013’s “selfie” (or 2009’s “unfriend” or 2005’s “podcast”, or….), it is, still 2015’s Oxford Dictionaries World of the Year. We bet it if could, it would tweet out the news with an emoticon of itself, don’tcha think?