Oxford Dictionaries has declared that the Face-With-Tears-Of-Joy emoji is this year’s most popular word 😂. No, we’re not kidding. At least it’s better than last year’s word of the year which was selfie.
Emojis (originally known as pictographs) have basically become a language on their own. We wonder if Shigetaka Kurita, knew back in 1999 that after he typed the first emoji [🙂] that one of those little pictures would go on to become the 2015 word of the year. Emojis have been around for some time but in the past year the used of them have triple and with the incorporation with more and more of these little pictures, usage will just continue to grow.
Oxford Dictionaries focuses on tracking the evolution of language and digests the trends among people to predict what the future of language might have in store. Research has concluded that the Face-With-Tears-Of-Joy emoji was the most used emoji across the whole world. It’s so popular that it accounts for 20% of the UK’s emoji use and 17% of emojis used in the US goes to this happy emoji.
Other words that made the short list also follow the digital trend like “ad blocker” and “dark web”. In the end happiness won and Face-With-Tears-Of-Joy emoji is the first emoji to be chosen as a word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.