The Global Language Monitor's Annual Survey of Global English recently revealed the official word for 2014, and it's not even a word at all.According to the survey, the heart emoji is the Top Word for 2014, beating out the entire canon of the English language, including Ebola and the Pope.Sentence: "Is that her boo thing sitting next to her?"What it really means: Perhaps this word isn't used as frequently as the others listed, but "boo thing" has come to be one of my absolute favorite terms.In this day and age, we would rather send a symbol of a heart via text message and let the recipient interpret its meaning than clearly articulate our feelings in person. As such, today's modern "dating dictionary" must reflect the fast-paced, tech-driven language that we now use to communicate romance.
On a macro level, though, swerve is again reflective of the popularity of hip hop culture in the media.Soz, girl, but it sounds like you’re being “stashed.” First coined by Ellen Scott of , “stashing” occurs when the person you’re dating doesn’t really acknowledge your relationship in a public way.This could be by failing to introduce you to people, or by never posting anything about you on social media (rude! Dating expert Jo Hemmings explained to the that if you're being "stashed" then you're basically being played.While it's slightly concerning that our top word is in fact a symbol, the fact that an emoji is the winner points to an even larger commentary on our society as a whole, and the way in which we chose to express ourselves in the modern era.Like language itself, the language of dating is in constant flux, and continues to reflect both our use of technology and our cultural fear of commitment.