Selfie is Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year
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 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 trend in the use of selfie in 2013, and this helped to 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 , 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 until around 2012.
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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