Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is an EMOJI!

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This year, for the first time ever, Oxford Dictionaries chose a pictograph as its Word of the Year.

And it’s the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji.

But why an emoji?

Emojis have been around since the 90’s, but didn’t really become popular until recently.

So, Oxford University Press began to explore the frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emojis across the globe.

“The Face with Tears of Joy emoji made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US: a sharp rise from 4% and 9% respectively in 2014,” states OxfordWords Blog.

Last year’s Word of the Year was ‘vape’, and 2013’s Word of the Year was ‘selfie’.

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