The Oxford Dictionaries has for the first time chosen an emoji known as “Face with Tears of Joy” as it’s Word of the Year 2015, and this means this pictograph is the most used emoji globally for this year.
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Emojis are known by various names, but it is actually a pictograph designed to reflect or portray the moods and ethos of a particular individual or event. The “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji is not the only contender for choice this year – there are several others from several fields, but this particular emoji was chosen because researchers say it best reflects the preoccupations, ethos, and moods of year 2015.
The use of emojis has been growing since the late 1990s, but 2015 witnessed an increase in its use and the Oxford University Press partnered with SwiftKey, a leading mobile tech firm to determine the frequency of its use and the statistics of use globally.
The “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji was eventually chosen as the emoji most used globally this year 2015.
Researchers from SwiftKey disclosed it is the emoji making up 20% of all emojis used in the UK this year, and its makes up 17% of emojis used in the United States this year as well. Its current rate of use is now 9% compared to the 4% of use in 2014. The word found its way into English use in 1997, but its use sort of tripled in 2015 according to information revealed by the Oxford Dictionaries Corpus.
The emoji derived its name from Japanese, where “e” means “picture” and “moji” means “letter or character.” Funny enough, it’s sort of similar to “emoticon,” an English word. An emoji is a tiny digital image or icon used to express the idea of crying in electronic communication, but an emoticon stands for a combination of “emotion” and “icon,” it is not a stylized image but actually a facial expression made up of keyboard characters.
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Emojis have today gone beyond the exclusive preserve of teenagers alone, it is now used globally by adults in business and politicians alike, with Hillary Clinton in a tweet asking students to reply to how loan debt makes them feel in “3 emojis or less.” It has now become the form of shorthand which people use to communicate their feelings and thoughts and responses without getting verbose, and it has worked all the way through.