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Selfie is Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013

Nov 19 2013, 6:56am CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Selfie is Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013
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The Internet Generation has coined some slang words of its own. Selfie is one of them. This word is the Oxford Dictionaries' top annual winner of 2013 and has beat other equally new and strange words.

A Selfie is an image one takes of oneself by a smartphone or web camera and then posts on a social media website on the Internet. The word has become quite the rage with Generation Y which loves dealing in this everyday phenomenon of pleasurable and very normal narcissism. It has become the Oxford Dictionary’s favorite word of the year 2013. 

This occurred after the popularity rating of this lexical curiosity increased by over 17,000% over the past year or so. The dictionary’s language research program selects over 150 million words and then sees the trends they exhibit. Selfie has been the most well-liked and most often used of the words in recent times. 

An Australian online forum was the site where the word came up for the first time. The year was 2002. The part of post with the word reads: "Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie."

The word then went viral and other spin-offs such as helfie, belfie, welfie, drelfie and bookshelfie began to appear on the Netiquette scene. They spread like wildfire. The usage however wasn’t as widespread until just a year ago. 

Since then it has virtually taken over the mainstream lingo of youngsters worldwide. Earlier it often had a “–y” at the end but today it has an “-ie” towards the final root region. Among some of the other words that made it to the top word list for 2013 are: bedroom tax, binge-watch, bitcoin, olinguito, schmeat, showrooming and twerk. 

Source: The Guardian

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