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.
If it merely being in the dictionary wasn't enough, its actually the "Word of the Year". Let's get this straight...an 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.”