PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Oxford Dictionaries 2015 word of the year is impossible to pronounce… because it’s not actually a word.
It’s an emoji, specifically the “face with tears of joy” emoji, which is usually used as a substitute for “LOL.”READ MORE: Lateshia Hill's Family Vows Justice Will Be Served After Deadly Triple Shooting In Wilmington
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Every year, Oxford Dictionaries picks a word that they think captures the year’s biggest trends or changes in the English language.
Several other words that were considered included: “dark web,” the part of the internet that allows users to remain anonymous, and “on fleek,” meaning good, attractive or stylish.MORE NEWS: Duante Wright Shooting: Dozens March In Philadelphia In Protest Of Fatal Police Shooting
Oxford Dictionaries says on its website, “This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015.”