WEB DESK: Emojis are the fad of the era. In fact these days our emotions are centered around emojis, because they best describe how we feel without having to put a lot of sprain on our hands and fingers.
This year, for the first time ever, Oxford Dictionaries chose an emoji as its Word of the Year.
Specifically, the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji is chosen because it turned out to be the most used emoji globally in 2015 as quoted by Oxford Words Blog.
Oxford University Press in collaboration with the leading mobile technology business Swift Key explored the frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popularly used emojis across the globe.
According to Oxford Words Blog, “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.”
“You can see how traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st century communication,” Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries, told the Wall Street Journal.
Grathwohl added,“It’s not surprising that a pictographic script like emoji has stepped in to fill those gaps—it’s flexible, immediate, and infuses tone beautifully.”
A statement posted on Oxford Dictionaries’ website said the symbol, which can be entered on a smartphone keyboard, “was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”
The 2015 Word of the Year shortlist also includes words and expressions like Ad blocker, Dark Web, lumbersexual, on fleek, refugee, Brexit, and sharing economy.
This marks the first time a “pictograph” has been named word of the year. Past winners have included “podcast” (2005), “carbon footprint” (2007), “unfriend” (2009), “selfie” (2013), and “vape” (2014).
SOURCE: OXFORD WORD BLOG