November 28, 2018

Selfie is Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year

Selfie is Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year Reviewed by on . Array Array Rating: 1

What is a selfie? A simple article from The Guardian: read and find out the “word of the year”!


Selfie – “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” – has been named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries editors, after the frequency of its usage increased by 17,000% over the past 12 months.

Editorial director Judy Pearsall said: “Using the Oxford Dictionaries language research programme, which collects around 150m words of current English in use each month, we can see a phenomenal upward trend in the use of selfie in 2013, and this helped to cement its selection.”

The word can be traced back to a post on an Australian online forum in 2002. It has since produced an array of spinoffs, including helfie (hairstyle self), welfie (workout selfie), drelfie (drunken selfie), and even bookshelfie – a snap taken for the purposes of literary self-promotion.

Judy Pearsall explained its evolution: “The hashtag #selfie appeared on the photo-sharing website Flickr as early as 2004, but usage wasn’t widespread until around 2012.


Article by Craig Grannell. Photo by AP.
Click here to read the full article.


What does it mean? Click and find out!

usage (n) he way that words are used by people when theyspeak and write their language
upward (adj) moving towards a higher level or amount
to cement (v) to make a relationship, idea etc stronger or more certain
spinoff (n) a new product, service, television programme etc that is based on another one thatalready exists
widespread (adj) happening or existing in many places, or affecting many people


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