A picture may say a thousand words, but what about an emoji? Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an emoji as its 2015 word of the year. No letters at all, just an image that supposedly means “crying from laughter” or officially known as the Face with Tears of Joy emoji. This interesting information came to us from The Verge in their article, “The Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year is an emoji.

Dictionaries have been choosing annual words of the year for a long time. However, this year the Oxford University Press partnered with SwiftKey to determine the most popular emoji from around the world.

It is possible this is a sign of the times and the future of technological language. Or it is just a fun way to encourage communication of any type.

Melody K. Smith

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