Oxford Dictionaries choose an emoji as the word of the year

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For the first time ever, Oxford Dictionaries have chosen an emoji to be their Word of the Year.

The "face with tears of joy emoji" was this year's winning "word".

Casper Grathwohl, the President of Oxford Dictionaries, said they chose it because it best represents 2015.

He said: "Emoji culture has become so popular that individual characters have developed their own trends and stories."

Other previous winners of word of the year include "selfie", "omnishambles" and "simples".