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