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Oxford Dictionaries selects 'tears of joy' emoji as 'word' of the year ๐Ÿ˜‚

You won't find it in the dictionary and you can't really pronounce it. And whether you can write it down depends on your artistic ability. Oxford Dictionaries' "word of the year" is not, strictly speaking, a word. It's ๐Ÿ˜‚.

You won't find it in the dictionary andย you can't really pronounce it. And whether you can write it down depends on your artistic ability.

Oxford Dictionaries' word of the yearย is not, strictly speaking, a word. It'sย ๐Ÿ˜‚.ย 

Yes, the "word of the year" is an emoji, specifically the "face with tears of joy" emoji.ย 

In a blog post, Oxford Dictionaries said, "๐Ÿ˜‚ย was chosen as the 'word' that best reflected the ethos, mood, and pre-occupations of 2015."

The dictionary publisher partnered with mobile keyboard software makerย SwiftKeyย to analyze usage statistics for all emoji.

They found thatย ๐Ÿ˜‚ wasย the most used emoji worldwide, making upย 20 per centย of all the emojis used in the U.K. in 2015, and 17 per centย of those in the U.S.

But althoughย Oxford Dictionaries chose to graceย ๐Ÿ˜‚ with this honour, don't expect this or any other emoji to appear in a dictionary. At least, not in the near future.ย 

The company also released a short list of runners-up for word of the year,ย including "sharing economy," "on fleek" and, on a more serious note, "refugee."ย 

Oxford Dictionaries was clearly excited about their selection. There was cake.ย 

They produced a YouTube video for the occasion.ย 

But others were not as enthusiastic about a digitalย pictograph being called "word of the year."ย 

The word of the year for 2014 was vape, so whetherย ๐Ÿ˜‚ is an improvement is surely a topic for much debate.ย 

Oxford's previous words of the year have included such social media buzzwords as selfie,ย GIFย and unfriend.

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