The best emoji ever has been named as Word of the Year by the Oxford Dictionary and some people are majorly pissed off about it.
“It’s not even a word,” they cry (not with tears of joy), “where would it even go in the dictionary? It wouldn’t! Are we really so stupid?”
But that’s just like, your opinion, man…
The emoji, otherwise known as ‘face with tears of joy’ made up, according to Oxford’s research, “20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015 – a sharp rise from 4% in 2014.”
But with 76% of the UK adult population owning a smartphone, and of those, between 80% and 90% using emojis, how is it even surprising to anyone that this is the case? I mean really.
Emojis have crept their way in to popular culture and there’s not much we can do about it now. Remember the time Hillary Clinton asked US graduates how they felt about their student loans in three emojis or less? What about when Andy Murray predicted his entire wedding day in a tweet made up entirely of emojis?
I’ve used emojis since I’ve had a phone. Everyone has used an emoji at least once and its becoming a fact that they are a large part of modern culture. What would text conversations be without a innuendo-aubergine or a classic side-eye? What about the nail polish one that signifies what a sassy bitch you are?
So chill out – we’re clearly not all going to be speaking pure emoji over the next couple of years. Accept it as just another way that modern culture is evolving.
And trust me, there’ll be worse ‘words’ to come for you to get on your high horse about soon enough.