At the end of each year, I look forward to the year-end reviews, lists and retrospectives. It’s silly but I enjoy going down short-term memory lane. One thing that I look forward to is the selection of the Time Person of the Year as well as the selection of the Word of the Year.
In 2014, the word of the year was “vape”. I did not see that coming. I do not know that many people who do so and I just have not heard that word used often. Who was using that word?
In 2013, the word of year was selfie. Based on the Facebook Feeds of those that I know, the selection of “selfie” was totally predictable and sensible.
This year of 2015, there no words. No, really, there are no words. The “tears of joy” emoji was selected as the word of the year. As Alanis would note, isn’t it ironic?
We have become so wedded to our technologies that minimize verbal interactions that our favorite word for the year is an icon, a symbol, a smiley-face variation. A smiley face for all intent and purposes has finally replaced words. Our mouths can now take a break and think of getting a new job. How will our human mouths evolve going forward?
I do wonder why is it tears of joy? I personally do not recall having used this emoji. I have still been using regular smiley faces. An I behind the times? I am usually fairly hip and current so it may very well be that I had no reason to use tears of joy to express myself. Now isn’t that sad? I don’t think I have been so joyful to be driven to tears this year. I have been angry and driven to tears. I have been sad and driven to tears. I have had a major win this year. But I think I pumped my fists up in the air.
Tears of joy. Interesting concept. I think I am in need of those year end retrospectives to help jar and loosen those tears of joy.