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Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 Is…

Posted on the 19 November 2015 by Scribe Project @ascribeproject

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That’s right guys. It’s not a word, it’s a freaking pictograph.

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So why on earth was this chosen? This is what they are saying in their blog.

“Emojis (the plural can be either emoji or emojis) have been around since the late 1990s, but 2015 saw their use, and use of the word emoji, increase hugely.

This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and 😂 was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015. SwiftKey identified that 😂 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. The word emoji has seen a similar surge: although it has been found in English since 1997, usage more than tripled in 2015 over the previous year according to data from the Oxford Dictionaries Corpus.”

Source : http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/11/word-of-the-year-2015-emoji

This is Poptimism. (the belief that pop music and literature has the potential to present something meaningful) Yes that’s a new word and that could have been in the shrotlist at least.

Here’s the shortlist of the other words chosen for 2015 Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. Would you have really chosen 😂 over these?

ad blocker, noun: A piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…

Brexit, noun: A term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, from British + exit.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…

Dark Web, noun: The part of the World Wide Web that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…

on fleek, adjectival phrase: Extremely good, attractive, or stylish.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…

lumbersexual, noun: A young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style of dress (typified by a beard and check shirt) suggestive of a rugged outdoor lifestyle.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…

refugee, noun: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is…

sharing economy, noun: An economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either for free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet.

they (singular), pronoun: Used to refer to a person of unspecified sex.

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