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AKA the 'Face with Tears of Joy' emoji.

Where will they file this in their dictionary?

Have the people at Oxford made a large mistake, or is there a standard method for dealing with non alphanumeric symbols such as



  • In a statement about the choice, Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries, wrote: You can see how traditional alphabet scripts have been struggling to meet the rapid-fire, visually focused demands of 21st-century communication. 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." huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
    – user66974
    Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 20:02
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    It will be sorted alongside Prince's former glyph name. Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 21:03
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's asking about the sort order of emojis, and further, asks for speculation about how the OED might choose to order them in their dictionary.
    – Jim
    Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 22:48
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    It seems a clear and reasonable question to me. I'm very interested to know how OED will cope with the flood of pictographs they have endorsed. Just because there is no obvious answer doesn't mean the question shouldn't be asked.
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 0:05
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    @WayfaringStranger- that's great. I know how they're represented. I just don't think this is about English Language and Usage- OED’’s decision notwithstanding. And even if it was, you’d only get opinions on what the OED might do unless 1. There’s someone here that represents the OED or 2. The OED has some sort of published paradigm that we could quote- but then that would be GR.
    – Jim
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 1:36


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