Thursday, November 26, 2015

Word of the Year

The Oxford Dictionaries announces the “word of the year”: an arguably nonword, an “emoji.” What is an emoji? Here is an extensive list of these typographical wonders. Specifically, The prize goes to  the "tears of joy" emoji:

Apple's Face With Tears of Joy  Here are the runner-up candidates:

ad blocker, noun: A piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page.

Brexit, noun: A term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Dark Web, noun: The part of the World Wide Web that is only accessible by means of special software, allowing users and website operators to remain anonymous or untraceable.

lumbersexual, noun: a young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style of dress (typified by a beard and checked shirt) suggestive of a rugged outdoor lifestyle.

on fleek, adjective (usually in phrase on fleek): extremely good, attractive or stylish.

refugee, noun: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.

sharing economy, noun:  An economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet.

they (singular), pronoun: Used to refer to a person of unspecified sex.

You can read more here. :)

Jennifer Romig has created a library of emojis that professor can use in commenting on student papers. You can access this marvelous collection here.


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