The Word of the Year for 2015 Is an EmojiΒ 

Specifically, it's the "face with tears of joy" emoji.

Much like Word of the Year β€œvape” before it, the β€œface with tears of joy” emoji (πŸ˜‚) has been selected as the supreme utterance of 2015 by Oxford Dictionaries. Suck it, actual words.

Once a year Oxford Dictionaries selects a word or expression to reflect the language of the times and announced today that they selected the pictograph to reflect the vast popularity of emojis. These images are officially mainstream.

β€œYou can see how traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st century communication,” says Oxford Dictionaries President Casper Grathwohl about the distinction. β€œAs a result emoji are becoming an increasingly rich form of communication, one that transcends linguistic borders.

β€œWhen Andy Murray tweeted out his wedding itinerary entirely in emoji, for example, he shared a subtle mix of his feelings about the day directly with fans around the world.”

β€œEmoji culture has become so popular that individual characters have developed their own trends and stories,” says Grathwohl. β€œThey can serve as insightful windows through which to view our cultural preoccupations, so it seemed appropriate to reflect this emoji obsession by selecting one as this year’s β€˜word’ of the year.”

So how did Oxford Dictionaries pick that specific emoji? The company partnered with β€œleading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world.”

According to research by Oxford Dictionaries and SwiftKey, the β€œface with tears of joy” emoji was globally the most-used emoji of 2015. In the United States, the emoji comprised of 17 percent of all emoji use (β€œface throwing a kiss,” as seen above, came in second with 9 percent). Twenty percent of UK citizens used the tears of joy emoji in 2015.

This news might come as a shock because the β€œsee-no-evil-monkey”…

…And the β€œhand getting its nails painted” emoji are vastly superior.

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