Word of The Year: Oxford Makes Picture Talk

Word of the Year, which is an annual vocabulary event by Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an 'emoji' 😂 as the new word for 2015.  

 Morphologically, the new word is a blend of "emotional tears of joy"

 "There were other strong contenders from a range of fields, outlined below, but an emoji 😂  was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and pre occupations of 2015".

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The  several words and phrases bested by the winning emoji, including "refugee," "lumbersexual," "on fleek," "Dark Web"  “ad blocker” and "sharing economy." 

Other questionable terms in the past include "GIF" in 2012, which stands for "graphics interchange format". In 2013 the award went to "selfie", with faces and peace signs flooding the internet.


Emojis were initially used by teenagers but have since made it to the circle of Celebrities and politicians with Hillary Clinton using it to solicit for feedback in August.
Should there be petition to Oxford to change to a proper word?

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