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What is a Word?

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A discussion on what words are and a lead in to talking about the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2015 and creating an emoji review

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What is a Word?

  1. 1. What is a Word?
  2. 2. Word noun 1. a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed. "I don't like the word ‘unofficial’" synonyms: term, name, expression, designation, locution
  3. 3. Crying verb gerund or present participle: crying 1. shed tears in distress, pain, or sorrow. "don't cry—it'll be all right" synonyms: weep, shed tears, sob, wail, be in tears, cry one's eyes out, cry one's heart out, cry as if one's heart would break, bawl, howl, snivel, whimper, whine, squall, mewl, bleat; More antonyms: laugh
  4. 4. Smiley Adjective (informal) 1. smiling; cheerful. "he drew a smiley face" noun 1. (in electronic communications) a symbol that represents a smiling face, typically formed by the characters :-) and used to indicate that the writer is pleased or joking.
  5. 5. Face noun 1. the front part of a person's head from the forehead to the chin, or the corresponding part in an animal. "she was scarlet in the face and perspiring profusely" synonyms: countenance, physiognomy, profile, features
  6. 6. Is this a word?
  7. 7. According to Oxford Dictionaries – yes it is! For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph: 😂, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji, though you may know it by other names. There were other strong contenders but 😂 was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.
  8. 8. Task For the remainder of this lesson write a review of a book you are reading or have just finished using nothing but emojis. Use of mobile phones is permitted, you may want to write your ideas down before converting them to emoji. Once completed e-mail the review to yourself & print it out

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