This announcement has certified that emoji are socially acceptable replacements for actual words.
Meet your Word of the Year - Face with Tears of Joy. (Just in case you couldn’t determine that for yourself)
According to SwiftKey, purveyor of all emoji usage, this particular laugh-cry face has dominated our text typing. More specifically, 20 per cent of all emoji use in the UK this year and 17 per cent in the US.
The institution justifies its choice by stating that laugh-cry face “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”
As for the word emoji, we’ve been using it thrice as much as the past year. Which begs the question - why didn’t Oxford Dictionaries attempt to hang on to its last shreds of credibility (after naming "selfie" as WOTY 2013) and name the word ‘emoji’ as Word of the Year instead?
In case you were wondering which were the other shame-faced contenders, here are the rejects.
The road to rejection is not an easy one. According to Oxford Dictionaries, candidates are selected from a research programme that trawls the web to identify up and coming words based on frequency of use amongst other factors. Also, WOTY doesn't necessarily make it into an Oxford dictionary.