The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is…

story-of-the-week-37For the first time ever, The Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year can not be printed and it’s not because it’s a rude word. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year can really capture a moment in time when a word or phrase has become a cultural phenomenon. This year, for the first time, neither a word nor phrase has topped the list, instead it’s an emoji. The “face with tears of joy emoji” is the world’s most popular according to smart keyboard app SwiftKey

Word of the Year 2015: shortlist
Ad blocker:
A piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page
Brexit:
The potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the EU
Dark Web:
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:
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
Refugee:
A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster
They (singular):
Used to refer to a person of unspecified sex

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