Tuesday, March 3, 2015

'Selfie' is Oxford Dictionary's 'Word of the Year'

Woman taking selfie.  HumanStupid
Oxford Dictionary crowned their Word of the Year for 2013 on Tuesday, according to a Huffington Post report on the same day. The Word of the Year for 2013 is “selfie.” 
Selfie – for those who may not know – is defined as a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
Yahoo's Top 10 Searches of 2013 (Slideshow)
Top 10 Searches of 2013 on Bing (Slideshow)
"Squinch" for the camera and you'll look better!
Oxford’s researchers claim that the use of the word has increased in usage in the past one year by an incredible 17,000 percent.
Furthermore, the Editorial Director for Oxford Dictionaries – Judy Pearsall – asserts that using the Oxford Dictionaries language research program, which collects around 150 million words of current English in use each month, shows a phenomenal upward trend in the use of the word “selfie” in 2013. That fact, she wrote in a press release, helped to cement its selection as the Word of the Year for 2013.
The report says that there have been lots of spin-offs of the word “selfie,” too. For example, there has been “drelfie” for a drunken selfie and “welfie” for a selfie taken why someone is working out.
Some of the other words considered for this year’s Word of the Year included “bedroom tax,” “binge-watch,” “bitcoin,” “olinguito,” “shmeat,” “showrooming,” and, of course, “twerk.”
Last year’s Word of the Year was GIF.
The word “selfie” has yet, however, to be included in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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