The Heart Emoji was the World’s Most Used Word this 2014

The heart emoji for love was the top word of 2014 used worldwide and the first time a pictograph has captured Word of the Year honours. It was the most widely used character in the last 12 months across social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and 250,000 global news outlets.

The heart emoji is apparently used billions of times per day on
 the World Wide Web and across social media

It as the first time in the ranking's 15-year history that a symbol earned the top honors. The heart emoji was used billions of times a day around the globe.

Other top words this 2014 are "Hashtag" came in second, and "vape" was third.

Changing habits have also given rise to vape - smoking an electronic or e-cigarette, shorthand for vaporise - or vaping, while scientific advances have seen nano enter the common language.

Social media and the internet are also driving the language forward with hashtag, photobomb - the act of gatecrashing a selfie - and bae - a term of endearment for one's object of desire - making it into the top 10.

This year also saw Ebola take the top spot ahead of Pope Francis.

“The English Language is now undergoing a remarkable transformation unlike any in its 1,400-year history – its system of writing the alphabet is gaining characters at amazing rate” said Paul Payack, Global Language Monitor president.

People usually use the heart emoji to express love or warm feelings.

The list also includes the most used phrases. The world’s top phrase was ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’, which was chanted during protests against the police following the shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson.

Top words of 2014

  1. Heart emoji
  2. Hashtag
  3. Vape
  4. Blood moon
  5. Nano
  6. Photobomb
  7. Caliphate
  8. White privilege
  9. Bae
  10. Bash tag
  11. Transparency
  12. Sustainable
  13. Clickbait

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