Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2015 isn’t a word at all.
It’s the “face with tears of of joy” emoji.
“Traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to capture all of the needs of 21st century communications. And the rise of an emoji script in communication means that we are able to express ourselves digitally in the ways that we’ve been able to for centuries.”
That from Casper Grathwohl, the president of Oxford Dictionaries.