It’s the day all word buffs await with baited breath – the announcement of the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year.
Last year it was ‘vape’, the year before that ‘selfie‘, but 2015’s word of the year? Well, we’ve got no, erm, words. Quite literally.
That’s because for the first time ever, those that rule the dictionary haven’t even picked a word – they’ve selected an emoji. This emoji, to be specific:
And yes, it's the face we're quite tempted to pull ourselves, because this is surely just a joke... right?
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it.
The purpose of the word of the year is to capture the zeitgeist, and by selecting an emoji the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Dictionaries Online hope to make a statement about how we communicate in our now-heavily digital daily lives.
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