Most popular ‘word’ of 2014 may surprise

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(PIX11) -- You can call it a sign of the times.

The most popular word of 2014 has been revealed-- and it isn't even a word!

It was actually an heart shaped emoji.

According to analysts, it was the most widely used character in blogs, on Twitter and Facebook and in 250,000 global news outlets.

Researchers found that the heart emoji appeared billions of times a day across the world.