The Word of the Year for 2015 Is an Emojiย 

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

Much like Word of the Year โ€œvapeโ€ before it, the โ€œface with tears of joyโ€ emoji (๐Ÿ˜‚) 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.

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

โ€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.โ€

โ€œEmoji culture has become so popular that individual characters have developed their own trends and stories,โ€ says Grathwohl. โ€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 yearโ€™s โ€˜wordโ€™ of the year.โ€

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

According to research by Oxford Dictionaries and SwiftKey, the โ€œface with tears of joyโ€ emoji was globally the most-used emoji of 2015. In the United States, the emoji comprised of 17 percent of all emoji use (โ€œface throwing a kiss,โ€ 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 โ€œsee-no-evil-monkeyโ€โ€ฆ

โ€ฆAnd the โ€œhand getting its nails paintedโ€ emoji are vastly superior.

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