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The Oxford "Word Of The Year" is an Emoji, All Hope Is Lost
Remember when things like the Oxford English dictionary were sacred? Words had a place all their own. A place where people could go to appreciate them, learn them and begin to expand their vocabularies and contribute to the language in a new way? Yeah...that's over.
Christening the end of all hope for the 21st Century is the edition of an emoji into the Oxford English dictionary.
And its not even a good one. Come on, not the Easter Island Head? Information Desk girl? Red Dancing Lady? THIS IS HORRIBLE.
"Face with Tears of Joy" isn't exciting or interesting. It is just a smiley face with tears coming out of its eyes. It's not revolutionary, confusing or clever. It's just there.
How dare the Oxford English Dictionary immortalize such an innocuous Emoji.
I'm sorry.
If it merely being in the dictionary wasn't enough, its actually the "Word of the Year". Let's get this Emoji isn't a word. It's not even close to being a word. It's a picture with a meaning. It's a symbol.
Apparently this emoji was the most used in 2015, and Oxford released a statement calling the "pictograph" highly influential, with the likes of Hilary Clinton using them to get points across.
“Every year, the Oxford Dictionaries team reviews candidates for word of the year and then debates their merits, eventually choosing one that captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year,” the company said in a press release. “This year, instead of choosing a traditional word, Oxford Dictionaries has chosen a pictograph, the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, to reflect the sharp increase in popularity of emoji across the world in 2015.”

What do you guys think of the "Word of the Year" being an emoji?

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@nicolejb spitballing is good. It makes me think about it...
2 years ago·Reply
I read somewhere that language is only a small part of what is gained in communication. Tone of voice and body language/facial expressions are HUGE. I wonder if that's why emojis caught on so much.. because it text messages that's the missing part of communication... haha @ButterflyBlu I just keep thinking about this
2 years ago·Reply
@nicolejb I TOTALLY understand and agree. I can't even count how many times people make assumptions or misread my intentions based purely on a text message. It's frustrating and causes issues. It's always nice to be able to throw in the closest appropriate face to match, and hopefully avoid issues!
2 years ago·Reply
Exactly!! Like I'm way sarcastic in my texts, and a lot of times they are misread. It's nice to just throw in a little helpful emoji. We should be thanking emojis for helping us out in those social situations. It also can help us be more creative in our language. lol. I guess I'm a big fan on the emoji, if used in moderation. @ButterflyBlu
2 years ago·Reply
@nicolejb lol I have the SAME problem. So I try to curb the sarcasm when talking to almost everyone except my brothers and besties. I've had people really go off on me over a joking comment. *Sigh* The day they added in the eye rolling emoji, my life was pretty much complete. Lol. (I'm awful.)
2 years ago·Reply