Even last year's winner "Vape" was better than this.
So popular culture continues to circle the toilet bowl like the giant turd it is, and the "word of the year" from the Oxford Dictionary is more proof of how bad things have become.
The words picked from previous years all showcase stupidity and how much the jerks at Oxford have a boner for web culture. 2012’s U.S. word of the year was “GIF” and 2013’s word of the year was “selfie.” Last year’s word was “vape.” Ugh.
So here's the depressing shortlist for the 2015 Word of the Year: Ad blocker, Dark Web, lumbersexual, on fleek, refugee, Brexit, and sharing economy.
Each entry is certainly dumber than the last, but the actual winner was head-shakingly dumb. And the official word of the year isn't even a goddamn word — it's this crap:
Yup. The word of the year is actually the "crying from laughing too hard" emoji that your least favorite friend uses all the goddamn time. How many times have you used this thing, when in reality you weren't crying from laughter? Answer: nearly 100% of the time. It's a lie.
But the nerds over at Oxford beg to differ.
“You can see how traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st century communication,” said Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries in a statement. “It’s not surprising that a pictographic script like emoji has stepped in to fill those gaps — it’s flexible, immediate, and infuses tone beautifully. As a result emoji are becoming an increasingly rich form of communication, one that transcends linguistic borders.”
Another really stupid entry into the shortlist was also “they.” This is a fine word, but their reasoning underlines how coddlingly it's used.
“The pronoun ‘they’ is one of the most common words in English, but it has been thrust into the spotlight recently with reference to people with non-binary gender identities (that is, people who identify as neither male or female),” the release said.
It's only a matter of time until all human communication devolves into emojis, transcribed grunts and dick pics.