Emoji, Word of the Year is not a word

- This year's Word of the Year is not a word. Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday that a pictograph-- the emoji-- was the first time a non-word had been designated the WOTY.

The emoji singled out (as there are many) is known as 'Face with Tears of Joy.'

"It best reflected the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015," according to Oxford.

Emojis are often used as a shorthand way of communicating on social media or via text messaging.

"Emojis (the plural can be either emoji or emojis) have been around since the late 1990s, but 2015 saw their use, and use of the word emoji, increase hugely," according to Oxford.

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