Culture

In Defense of the Heart Emoji

Culture

In Defense of the Heart Emoji

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A few days ago the Global Language Monitor announced that the top “word” of the year wasn’t a word at all, but the heart Emoji.

Now before you go on a pretentious rant about the degradation of the English language, take a deep breath and consider the possibility that this might be a good thing. Despite the heaps of bullshit and hatred we waded through in 2014, it’s pretty freaking adorable that we send billions of heart Emojis every single day. And it’s certainly a more uplifting result than 2013 (404) or 2012 (Apocalypse/Armageddon).

I’m going to go ahead and take this as a “win” for the human species. We ought to be more concerned that “bae” cracked the top 10 (it came in at 9).

In less adorable news, the phrase of the year was “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and the name of the year was “Ebola.”