No it’s not the word ‘what’ I can see how that may be confusing.. the word of the year is..
You didn’t miss something.. that’s it. ‘Tears of Joy Emoji’. WORD of the year. Before you ask the runner up word was “Fleek” so would we have been better with “Fleek”? Probably not.. because ITS ALSO NOT A WORD!!
This isnt the first time Oxford has pulled this crap either..
Word of the year 1999: ‘Y2K’ an acronym.
Word of the year 2004: ‘blue state, red state, purple state’ a sentence fragment.
Word of the year 1992: ‘NOT!’ as in..
Pull it together Oxford Dictionary.