People Are Mad That Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year Is An Emoji

Should have been the eggplant emoji imo.

1. Oxford Dictionaries have announced that their Word of the Year for 2015 is: .

For those of you who only read words, it’s also known as the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji.

2. Although Oxford says that it is the “word” that that “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015”, people are pretty .

3. Probably because it’s not a word.

The Oxford dictionary’s word of the year is an emoji. So we’re done here, just turn out the lights on your way out.

— Ed Van Tassell™ (@EdVanTassell)

7. Writers are pissed.

Oxford Dictionary's word of the year is AN EMOJI

— NSW Writers' Centre (@writingNSW)

8. Some people think that soon our whole vocabulary will be emoji-only.

An emoji is the Oxford Dictionary word of the year. In a few decades we're going to be using a new form of heiroglyphs to write everything.

— Eric (@EricEschmann)

And to that, we say: “”.

9. Amid all the backlash and controversy, Oxford also released their shortlist of words, all of which are actual words made up of letters.

😂 is the #OxfordWOTY 2015, but what made the shortlist?

— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords)

10. Well, at least Julie Bishop’s happy about it.


— Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP)

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Jemima Skelley is a senior writer for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
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