Word of the Year for 2015

The Oxford Dictionaries picked their Word of the Year for 2015 to be ““. Yup, you got it, it’s the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji (also known as the LOL emoji). There was a sharp increase of emoji usage this year, and this particular emoji was the most used emoji around the globe. The definition of an emoji is ‘a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication’. Emojis were created in the 1990s in Japan.

Some of the other words on the shortlist this year were “on fleek” (meaning extremely good, attractive, or stylish), “ad blocker” (a piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page), and “refugee” (a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster).

Some of the previous years Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year were vape, selfie, and omnishambles.

Here is a video of Frozen as told by emoji.

 

Did you know?

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” This is a commonly used quote. It means that a complicated idea can be explained by an image.

Did you know?

Sony Pictures Animation has bought the rights to make a movie out of emojis.

Image Credits: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/ for the emoji image
Sources: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/, time.com