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The dictionary has been outdoing itself lately.

Last week we told you slang like “fleek” and “yaaas” have been entered into the reference book. Now, Oxford Dictionary has revealed the word of the year and it isn’t even a word at all – it’s an emoji. The “face with tears of joy” emoji to be exact.

The Oxford University Press teamed up with SwiftKey to measure up the stats on which emoji has been used the most in 2015. On its official blog, Oxford states:

“SwiftKey identified that  made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US: a sharp rise from 4% and 9% respectively in 2014.”

It also decided to feature an emoji this year because, let’s face it, they’re everywhere and used by everyone, including Hillary Clinton.

“Emojis are no longer the preserve of texting teens – instead, they have been embraced as a nuanced form of expression, and one which can cross language barriers,” Oxford continued.

Guess emojis really are here to stay.


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