Since this as good a place as any... I fucking hate that emoji.
I mean, I have nothing against emoticons in general. For example on MTF, there's nothing wrong with a few
And they've been commonly used on the internet or in text messages for years - decades you could probably say at this point, although I wasn't exactly active on the internet in the 90s. I guess that's why I was always kind of surprised that people seemed to be making a big deal out of "emojis" as if they were something novel... they just seemed to me to be a particularly poor set of emoticons that I guess happened to gain a position as the default emoticons on the iPhone, which obviously meant loads of people would suddenly be using them.
But even among emoticons, even among "emojis" themselves (being pretty poor emoticons imo)... that particular one is awful, and horrendously overused. The reaction to everything these days seems to be... "Omg... crying face". Why is it crying? With laughter, I suppose it's meant to be, though it doesn't even do a great job of portraying that clearly imo. But while it was misleading enough that "laughing out loud" came to mean "I find that mildly amusing", the "crying with laughter face" is even worse. When's the last time someone in real life reacted by "crying with laughter"? At least people actually do laugh or smile in real conversation so something to indicate that is useful. And pictures that indicate other things are useful too, even if they don't have much of a real conversation equivalent. But what does "crying with laughter" convey above regular old laughter? That something is extremely funny and elicits an extreme reaction, I suppose. Yet instead it seems to be used more along the lines of "This image describes a situation that is mildly familiar to me... better put four crying faces above it, and perhaps a caption that overexplains it underneath, then share that image so that other people can re-post it while saying 'OMG, so true... crying face crying face'".
And yeah, the idea of picking an emoticon as "word of the year" is pretty stupid in itself. I think stuff like this is just a stunt to try to remain relevant by showing they are in touch with "what the kids these days are doing"... wasn't "selfie" named the word of the year in the past couple of years