HONOLULU - Oxford Dictionaries' 2015 word of the year, isn't even a word at all. The winner, "emoji," which is a happy, yellow, cartoon face.

Every year oxford dictionaries picks a word that they think captures the year's biggest trends or changes in the English language.

The organization's president says "emojis" are increasingly being used as a substitute for alphabetic scripts due to the fast pace of digital communication.