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Few Tears Of Joy Over Oxford Dictionaries' 2015 'Word' Of The Year

Let's just say the Internet was not pleased to learn about Oxford Dictionaries' "word" of the year — the "face with tears of joy" emoji.
Posted at 5:01 PM, Nov 17, 2015

Translation: Oxford Dictionaries chooses 😂 as its word of the year. The world is unhappy, thereby sparking an Internet riot of anger.

The "face with tears of joy" emoji continues Oxford Dictionaries' acceptance of Web culture.

Which brought us GIF in 2012.

And selfie in 2013.

But apparently choosing "face with tears of joy" was going too far.

"Emoji are not words," a The Verge writer noted.

"The problem is there are so many better emoji than the tears of joy emoji," said a writer for The Guardian.

And the timing isn't great. "Perhaps it's the mood after Friday's Paris attacks, but the emoji choice felt a little trite," a writer penned in the New Statesman.

Oxford Dictionaries' reason for the choice?

"😂 was chosen as the 'word' that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015."

This video includes images from Wicker Paradise / CC BY 2.0 and Twitter.