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