Yes you heard it right word of the year is not a word it is ‘?’.
Oxford dictionaries made a history on Monday by announcing word of the year.
Word of the year is a pictograph ‘?’ populary known as ‘face with tears of joy’.
Emoji culture has become so popular that individual characters have developed their own trends abd stories” says Casper grathwohl, president of Oxford dictionaries.
Swiftkey identified that ? made up of 20% of all the emojis used in UK and 17% same in US. Reason they choose emoji is because it was the most used and common in text messages, email and social media.
According to NBC news, the “face with tears of joy ” emoji now joins past words of the year like last year is “vape” and 2013’s “selfie”.
According to Oxford, eight other(actual) words were considered this year :
–ad blocker: A piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a webpage.
–Brexit: A term for the potential or hypothetical departure of Britain from the European Union, from British + exit.
–Dark Web: The part of the web that is accessible only through special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.
–on fleek: Extremely good, attractive or stylish.
–lumbersexual: A young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style of dress (typified by a beard and a checked shirt) suggestive of a rugged outdoor lifestyle.
-refugee: A person who has been forced to leave their country to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.
–sharing economy: An economic system in which assets or services are shared among private individuals, typically through the Internet.
–they (as singular ): Used to refer to a single person of unspecified sex.