Because even dictionary companies want to feel edgy from time to time, Oxford Dictionaries has announced the 'face with tears of joy' emoji is its 2015 word of the year, despite the fact emojis aren't words and don't appear in dictionaries. HAS THE WHOLE WORLD GONE CRAZY? AM I THE ONLY ONE AROUND HERE WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT THE RULES?
"Although emoji have been a staple of texting teens for some time, emoji culture exploded into the global mainstream over the past year," the company's team wrote in a press release. "Emoji have come to embody a core aspect of living in a digital world that is visually driven, emotionally expressive, and obsessively immediate."
According to their data, the "Face With Tears of Joy" emoji, also known as LOL Emoji or Laughing Emoji, comprised nearly 20% of all emoji use in the U.S. and the U.K., where Oxford is based. The runner-up in the U.S., with 9% of usage, was [the kissy face emoji].
Damn, I almost never use the happy crying face emoji. I must not be very hip. Or I've never actually experienced tears of joy. When I cry it is strictly DEEP DARK SADNESS crying. Tears of joy are for people who still have hope. Also, I think it's unfair that the word of the year comes out before the year is even over. Maybe if they waited until January the word of the year would have been Geekologie. "The word of the year will never be Geekologie." MAYBE IF I BLEW UP THE INTERNET BETWEEN NOW AND THEN IT WOULD BE. "Nope." Fine, deez nuts then.
Thanks to my buddy York, who agrees there should be a flaming shit emoji, because that's exactly what this world has turned into.