Merriam-Webster and Oxford English Dictionary have both already named their words of the year - "culture" and "vape," in case you were wondering - but those distinctions weren't enough make either of those terms the most popular word of 2014. In fact, the most popular word of the past year isn't actually a word at all. It's a symbol.
The Global Language Monitor took a look at blogs, Twitter, Facebook and 250,000 websites and found that the most widely used word was actually the heart emoji. Emojis are the little pictures and symbols that you can use in blogs, text messages and webpages to convey emotions.
The heart emoji took the crown by showing up billions of times every day on websites throughout the world.