Oxford's word of the year not a word

2015-11-17 21:30


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London - Oxford Dictionaries named a hugely popular laughing-crying emoji its word of the year on Tuesday, ahead of close contenders such as Brexit, refugee and lumbersexual.

The first pictograph declared an Oxford word of the year was chosen because it "best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015", said the Oxford University Press, publisher of the Oxford English and other dictionaries.

Online analysis found the smiling "face with tears of joy" made up 20% of the emojis used in Britain and 17% of those used in the United States this year, it said.

The emoji edged out words and phrases including "on fleek", meaning great or stylish.

Other contenders were dark web; ad blocker; Brexit, a British exit from the European Union; and lumbersexual, "a young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style suggestive of a rugged lifestyle".

Earlier this year, the rival Collins English Dictionary declared "binge-watch" its British word of the year, saying its widespread usage reflected a major shift in television-watching habits.

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