This Is Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year, And It’s Not Even A Word

The Oxford dictionary has been keeping track of popular words in everyday language to come up with a Word Of The Year (WOTY). But this year's word is perhaps the strangest.

This year the emoji 'face with tears of joy' has been chosen Word Of The Year.

This year the emoji 'face with tears of joy' has been chosen Word Of The Year.

The Oxford Dictionary, along with SwiftKey, checked which were the most used emojis and the 'face with tears of joy' won by a clear margin.

Incidentally the word emoji is from Japanese and is defined as ‘a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication’. 

“Emoji culture has become so popular that individual characters have developed their own trends and stories,” Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries said in an official statement explaining this year's choice.

This is one of the rare occasions when the UK and US teams of the dictionary have agreed on the same word, with previous ones being 'selfie', 'vape' and 'chav

Words lost to 'face with tears of joy'? Here's the list

Words lost to 'face with tears of joy'? Here's the list reuters

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Brexit

A term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union

Dark Web

Dark Web

The part of the World Wide Web that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable

Lumbersexual

Lumbersexual

A young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style of dress (typified by a beard and checked shirt) suggestive of a rugged outdoor lifestyle.

On fleek

extremely good, attractive, or stylish

Refugee

A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster

Sharing economy

An economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet

They (singular)

Used to refer to a person of unspecified sex.