The word of the year has officially been released for 2015 and it is, drum-roll please……NOT A WORD! Confused? Yes, well to elaborate Oxford Dictionaries has released its official word of the year and it is the all too familiar ‘crying with laughter’ Emoji.

Emoji - oxford

The pictograph or emoji, as they have come to be known amongst us, has been awarded the highest honour possible in the Linguistic Championship for 2015. This year’s winner has really proved to us that a picture is worth a thousand words.

2015 Winning Emoji

The “Face with Tears of Joy” Emoji - which is the correct name for the image, has beaten out not only every word imaginable but also the ever increasingly popular emoji’s.

Emoji’s have become a part of everyday communication for smartphone users. In this digital age, it is hard to imagine sending a text or posting a status without including some form of insinuating visual communication. From the famous Spanish dancer to a large red heart, it has become increasingly easy to share with friends your thoughts and feelings without having to say anything at all.


Oxford Dictionaries has release a statement saying “There were other strong contenders from a range of fields…but [Face with Tears of Joy] was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015.”

According to SwiftKey, Face with Tears of Joy comprised 17 percent of the emoji used in the U.S. in 2015 and 20 percent of those in the U.K. — a significant rise from 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively, last year.

Brand Items With Emojis

These emoji’s which were designed in 1999 by Japanese mobile designer Shigetaka Kurita have become  ways of expressing. They are ever popular choices when personalising  items like mugs, shirts and mousepads. The images are a great creative idea to add to gifts for friends and loved ones.


By Caitlin Wood

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