Emoji named Word of the Year

Happy New Year – and welcome back!

 While Språkrådet named “det grønne skiftet”, Oxford Dictionaries named the emoji “Face with tears of joy” Word of the Year.


Present your students with this short article from The Independent


Then, in groups, let them discuss:

  1. How does Oxford Dictionaries explain their choice?

  2. What evidence do they present?

  3. As mentioned in the article, Scottish tennis player Andy Murray shared his feelings on his wedding day on Twitter. To what extent do you think it communicates well? Why/why not?

4. Here are the other words that made Oxford’s short list:

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: 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



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