#Hashtag: Word Of The Year

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The Oxford Dictionary selected the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji as its 2015 Word of the Year. The Word of the Year is a word that reflects the ‘ethos, mood, or preoccupations’ of language during the previous year, according to the Economic Times. The ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji was chosen because it symbolizes the increase in emoji usage in recent years.

Reactions to the news has varied from sarcastic comments about how ‘the Word of the Year isn’t a word’ to linguistically-based responses about the development of our language.

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