Each year, Oxford Dictionaries picks their Word of the Year, to showcase a word that has dramatically increased in usage over the year. In 2012, it was “Omnishambles“. 2013 was dedicated as the Year of the Selfie. Last year gave us “Vape“. This year? Well, it’s not a word, per se…
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is the specific emoji shown here, known as “Face with Tears of Joy”. It’s the first time the word of the year is not actually a word, but despite that, it captures pretty well how ubiquitous emojis became in 2015. The “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji was the most used emoji globally in 2015, and it made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015 as well.
I also learnt that the actual word “emoji” is taken from Japanese, and is actually a combination of “e” (picture) and “moji” (letter, character). It’s similar to emoticon, but isn’t related to that word at all.
May 2016 be a “Face with Tears of Joy” for all. Onwards!