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  • Face with tears of joy emoji - most common emoji of 2015 and OD's 2015 word of the year.
    <i>after the fact edit: OD, not OED.</i>
    Looking at Google Trends, this emoji doesn't come close to fleek or bae in usage.
    Shortened link to google trends : https://goo.gl/aZExcT

    December 20, 2015

  • Sorry to "Frankenstein is the doctor's name" you, but the emoji was chosen by Oxford Dictionaries, not the Oxford English Dictionary. OED doesn't choose a word of the year, they're more about the words of every year from the beginning of English time.

    Merriam-Webster chose -ism for 2015, and Dictionary.com has chosen identity. The American Dialect Society and the Macquarie Dictionary will also choose their #WOTYs in early January. I think Cambridge Dictionaries Online also chooses "the people's word of the year."


    The different reasons these dictionaries have for choosing the words were covered on this podcast last year: http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/lexicon_valley/2014/12/lexicon_valley_peter_sokolowski_of_merriam_webster_erin_mckean_of_wordnik.html To be very honest, the interviews are insulting and patronizing, repeatedly accusing the lexicographers of being drunk when making these decisions.

    So basically: Oxford Dictionaries WANTS an undictionaried word on the cusp of becoming mainstream, coming into the corpus, "between the niche and the new." Dictionary.com makes an editorial decision to define the year in a word, somewhat data-driven but also well-considered, while Merriam-Webster uses the traffic monitoring on their website to focus on spikes throughout the year.

    (I'm working on a WOTY post now for encyclopediabriannica.com so this is very much on my mind.)

    December 20, 2015

  • If it's any help, my favourite new word is BB-8
    https://goo.gl/z5L09o - link to google trends versus fleek and bae.

    December 20, 2015

  • Trying to 'define' language trends by arbitrarily linking them to the time it takes the earth to travel around the sun seems really fucking weird to me.

    December 21, 2015