Oxford Dictionary names emoji ‘word of the year’ – here are five better options


Ihave no words to describe it. Oxford Dictionaries, as owned by the Oxford University Press (OUP), has announced its “word” of the year is … not a word. It’s an emoji.

To be precise, it’s the “tears of joy” emoji. Which makes me very “crying face emoji”, because the tears of joy emoji certainly doesn’t deserve to be emoji – sorry, word – of the year.

I don’t even object that much to the OUP trying something different in selecting its word of the year. Sure, it’s ridiculous that the word of the year isn’t an actual word. However, emoji, as I have written about before, are now a part of our communicative fabric. We use them to convey myriad emotions and thoughts.


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