2015’s Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is an emoji. 

That’s as far as the news goes, emoji will not be added into the dictionary though.

“Face with tears of joy” was chosen as the winner because according to leading mobile technology business SwiftKey, which partnered with Oxford University Press to explore usage of emoji, it was the most popular emoji globally.

Emoji is a loanword from Japanese defined as: “A small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.”

It was used in English-language Japanese publications as early as 1997 but remained rare outside of Japanese contexts until 2011, when Apple launched iOS 5 with emoji support.


Interested to read on?  Click here on the article from oddstuff.

The "face with tears of joy" emoji has been named Word of the Year
The “face with tears of joy” emoji has been named Word of the Year


Even complicated stories can be communicated through emoji.
Even complicated stories can be communicated through emoji.


Write about whatever you’d like, but write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.


What other common words, internet slang or lingo can you think of that should made it into the dictionary?



5 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    Suddenly I feel bad for emoji! Who knows “Face with tears of joy” ??? -OM
    Note: Comments disabled here, please visit their blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. xijko says:

    I’ll be reblogging this, as well, on art + technology + inspiration. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but it’s sure interesting.


    1. When I have tears in my eyes, I can now tell people I am just feeling ’emoji’. 😂


      1. xijko says:

        Well, it -is- a word, now!

        Liked by 1 person

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