In case you are glancing at the calendar in horror that next week is Thanksgiving, it is also that time of the year. The ‘best of’ lists are coming. First, a word.
I’m serious; we have to have our word of the year from the folks at Oxford Dictionaries. And it’s not a word.
Face with Tears of Joy is a damn emoji. Ah, the apocalypse is here. Behold the impossibly yellow face with waterfall tears. And on it is our sanity.
While choosing an emoji is a bit suspect when it comes to the word of the year, try reading it with a posh British accent. Damn you Oxford. You made an emoji sound respectable. Face with Tears of Joy.
Word of the Year Methodology
How did Face with Tears of Joy win? In partnership with SwiftKey, Oxford Dictionaries gathered data on the most used emoji in the world. Hey, turns out we are a happy bunch on Earth. Or extremely sarcastic. I’m debating which.
Sorry eggplant. No love for you. Sometimes when the moment hits, you’re just not ready…
If Oxford Dictionaries is tabulating the number of times a ‘word’ has been used, why hasn’t ‘the’ won? It’s an assumption, but ‘the’ has to be the most commonly used word in the world.
What about the poor words that lost out to an emoji. There is a shortlist.
Sharing economy made the cut. It’s a noun defined as an economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either for free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet.
Another definition? Startups burning through investor cash with reckless abandon doing stuff their mom used to do for them. Millennials. Ain’t life grand?
Ad blocker. Another noun that is a piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page.
Maybe if pages wouldn’t auto-refresh their 50 ad positions, ad blocker wouldn’t be an issue. Just a thought.
Brexit. Hmm, I missed the Financial Times piece on this one. People were still freaking out about a possible Grexit, but whatever. A term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, from British + exit.
Dark Web. The part of the World Wide Web that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.
Yeah, ask the runners of the Silk Road and various marketplaces just how anonymous and untraceable the Dark Web is.
On fleek. Good lord. I’m glad the damn emoji won. Need a definition? Extremely good, attractive, or stylish. Yeah…
Lumbersexual. And the list gets dumber. A young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style of dress (typified by a beard and check shirt) suggestive of a rugged outdoor lifestyle.
Ah, Walmart chic. Hell, that’s all you had to say Oxford. Y’all pull up a chair.
You’re welcome for that being stuck in your head all day.
Next up? They. Hmm, hit me with a definition Oxford. Used to refer to a person of unspecified sex.
The final shortlist word? Refugee. I’m not sure why the hell people need this defined, but it’s a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
There you have it world. 2015’s word of the year is a pictogram. I’m glad Common Core education is working.