Each year, Oxford Dictionaries picks a new word meant to represent where we are as a human race for the year.
For 2015, Oxford Dictionaries has declared one particular pictograph, otherwise known as an emoji, as its "word" of the year: the "tears of joy" emoji.
In a statement, Oxford Dictionaries says,
The emoji beat out other choices such as "on fleek," "refugee," "dark web" and "lumbersexual."
Oxford Dictionaries says it chose this particular emoji as its word of the year for its increased use. In the statement, it adds,
Think this was the right choice, or should the dictionary have chosen a more traditional word?
Citations: Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015 is… (Oxford Dictionaries)