Oxford’s word of the year has been revealed and for the first time ever it isn’t even a word.
That’s right – the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji has won the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2015, officially making history.
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In a blog post, the Oxford team justified their choice by explaining that emojis have become ‘a nuanced form of expression’ which can ‘cross language barriers’
Oxford revealed the emoji was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.
Looks like Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is renowned for her use of emoji’s, will be pleased with the revelation.