Emoji icon named word of the year

An emoji icon has been named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. In a blog post on their web site published Monday, Oxford University Press, which owns and operates the Dictionary, said the emoji, face with tears of joy, had summed up the feelings of persons over the course of 2015.

They added that it was the most used emoji of the year, according to a survey they conducted with mobile technology firm SwiftKey.



Research added that 20 per cent of users in the UK had used the emoji over the course of the year.

Reaction on Twitter to the decision was mixed.









The emoji went up against words including refugee and Brexit, the word used in the political debate by those advocating for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

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