Oxford English Dictionary's Word Of The Year... Isn't A Word At All!

17 November 2015, 11:00 | Updated: 17 November 2015, 13:23

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It's that time of year again when he most used word of 2015 is revealed... and it's not what we expected!

In case you missed it, the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year is the 'tears of joy' emoji. 

Crying with laughter emoji


Yep, that's right, the word of the year isn't even a word. So, why was it chosen?

Emojis (the plural can be emoji or emojis) have been around since the late 90s but they went through a phase of being super uncool. However, it's been 2015 that has brought the emoji back. 

This year Oxford University Press partnered with SwiftKey to explore how many times people used certain emojis and what emoji was used the most globally. And it looks like 2015 had us crying with laughter. 

The study found that the tears of joy emoji made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US.

Well, well, who'd've thought it eh?

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