A picture of a face crying with joy has been named as the ‘word’ of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

The official name for this emoji is ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ – and was selected as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015, according to the dictionary people.

This emoji (pictograph) was chosen because it was the most globally used in 2015, while the use of the word emoji in English has more than tripled in 2015 over the past year.

It’s all Japanese

The word emoji is described as a small digital image of icon used to express an idea or emotion online, with the word borrowed from Japanese from e ‘picture’ and ‘moji’ ‘letter, character’.

Apparently, it’s not just teenagers using them either.


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