Oxford Dictionaries revealed its 2015 “Word of the Year” this week… and it’s actually not a word at all.
The company declared an emoji as its winner, the “Face With Tears of Joy” emoji actually, which it said “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”
The decision follows Global Language Monitor’s 2014 “most popular word” being the heart emoji.
According to the Oxford, Oxford Dictionaries partnered with technology business SwiftKey to determine which emoji was used the most. They found that the laughing emoji made up 17 percent of those in the U.S. and 20 percent of those in the UK during 2015.
The runner-up was the “Face Throwing a Kiss” emoji, which made up 9 percent in the U.S.
“Emojis are no longer the preserve of texting teens,” Oxford explained in a statement. “Instead, they have been embraced as a nuanced form of expression, and one which can cross language barriers.”