Wednesday, November 20, 2013

'Selfie' is named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013

On 19 November 2013, Oxford Dictionaries announced selfie as their international Word of the Year 2013. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. The Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months, but it does need to have become prominent or notable in that time. Selfie was added to in August 2013, although the Word of the Year selection is made irrespective of whether the candidates are already included in an Oxford dictionary. According to Oxford Dictionaries editors, the use of selfie has increased an incredible 17,000 percent since the same time last year.

Research shows the word selfie in use by 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum, where it was used to describe a photo the poster took of themselves after a drunken fall. The hashtag #selfie surfaced on Flickr two years later, but usage wasn’t widespread until around 2012, when selfie was being used commonly in mainstream media sources. Selfie is not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), but is currently being considered for future inclusion.

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