Oxford Dictionaries named ‘Selfie’ 2013 word of the year; even politicians love them!

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So we have taken a look at what are people Googling for in 2013, both for Singapore and The Philippines. We have also taken a look at the most viewed videos in Singapore and The Philippines.

Search Engine and YouTube aside, here’s another interesting thing to remember about 2013: “Selfie” has been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. 

Here’s the official definition of Selfie by Oxford:

(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. 

selfie

 

“The decision was unanimous this year, with little if any argument. This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start.. [...] It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or The Pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.” – Oxford University

Research suggested its frequency in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the last year, Oxford University added.

Oxford’s graph below charts the number of mentions the word received in mainstream media during the year to date:

selfie graph Selfie beats out Binge watch, Bitcoin and Twerk for Oxfords 2013 Word of the Year

Selfies are getting more popular everyday as the number of mobile devices with front cameras get into the hands of consumers.

The runners-up for 2013 Word of the Year:

  • Bedroom Tax (a British term related to housing benefits)
  • Binge-watch (watching a bunch of episodes of an old show)
  • Bitcoin (digital currency)
  • Olinguito (the newest species of mammal)
  • Schmeat (meat grown in a laboratory)
  • Showrooming (browsing for online purchases in stores)
  • Twerk (the dance of which Miley Cyrus is fond)

Here are some selfies by leaders of the world:

obama selfie US President

singapore selfie Singapore Prime Minister & Malaysia Prime Minister

Australia Prime Minister Australia Prime Minister

david cameron UK Prime Minister

So when was the last time you had a selfie? Earlier today? 

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