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I was raised to trust everything the dictionary told me, but damn. What is going on with the world? Today, BuzzFeed Oxford Dictionaries named its 2015 “Word Of The Year” and it’s not a word at all.

It’s the “tears of joy” emoji.

This.

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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THIS.

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Here’s what the monsters dictionary had to say:

That’s right – for the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph: ?, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, though you may know it by other names. There were other strong contenders from a range of fields, outlined below, but ? was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.

Total Bull?.

ARE YOU HAPPY NOW WORLD?

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