This truly is the year of the emoji.
For the first time, Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year is … not a word. The organization selected the “face with tears of joy” emoji as the word of the year.
This emoji beat out words (and phrases) such as sharing economy, they, on fleek, ad blocker and lumbersexual.
Oxford explained the logic in a blog post:
Readers: What would you pick as word of the year?