The Word of the Year for 2015 is technically not a word at all.
That’s right – the 2015 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year goes to – Emoji.
Pretty fitting indeed. The fun-loving, creative message-spurring emoji has become one of the hottest and most beloved topics – and activities – of the year.
The concept of the emoji actually first started in 1999, invented by a Japanese telecommunications planner. Inspired by comics and street signs, the name comes from the Japanese words for picture and character.
Read more from TIME Magazine.
Runner-ups for this year’s big contest include:
- ad blocker
- Dark Web
- sharing economy
and my personal favorite… on fleek.