But That Isn't A Word: Oxford Dictionary Chooses The Face With Tears Of Joy Emoji As Word Of The Year

November 18, 2015

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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.

  • Xockszky

    That dictionary has just lost all credibility.

  • Brock

    "staple of texting teens"

    I use emojis, so have no problem with their use. However, the above statement implies that Oxford is defining the English language based on short-term (<10 years) teen usage. This is far more unsettling than the addition of commonly used non-words like "y'all."

  • randalator

    So going by this, the Word of the Year 2016 will be a random dick pic?

    "Although dick pics have been a staple of sexting teens for some time, dick pic culture exploded into the global mainstream over the past year," the company's team wrote in a press release. "Dick pics 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 "Errect Tower of Joy" pic, also known as 'WTF leave me alone you creep' or WTFLMAYC, comprised nearly 20% of all sexual harassment 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 'no seriously look at my awesome peener'.

  • stuffsticks

    I'm sure if some brave sod looked well enough they could find dick pics in almost every letter of the alphabet. Then we can make an entire language comprised of just dick pics. Reminds me of the Suck my Balls birds from Ugly Americans

  • Mr.4maldehyde

    Brb, packing for Mars.

  • Kaizer Chief

    Lololol at the Oxford "dictionary company"...

  • Gene Kaufman

    oh

  • Ollie Williams

    Fucking millennials.

  • timeiskey

    you like younger women i guess

  • Ollie Williams

    Who doesn't?

  • Bling Nye

    idontwanttoliveonthisplanetanymore.gif

  • timeiskey

    insentientanticonformism.oggvorbis

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