‘Selfie’ Is Named As Word Of The Year 2013 (Includes Gallery) – the Oxford Dictionary team has today announced that selfie is its word of the year for 2013.
The director of the editorial team, Judy Pearsall, said that their language research team collected around 150m words in current English usage each month and selfie had seen by far the biggest increase which heloed to cement its claim for word of the year 2013.
In fact the word selfie saw an incredible increase in usage of 17,000% over the last 12 months which helped it beat the other words on the Oxford Dictionary shortlist for 2013 Word of the Year. The other contenders included: binge-watch, bitcoin, showroom and twerk.
One word that was also included on the shortlist and which may be unknown to a large number of people is the word olinguito, which refers to the smallest member of the racoon family, a tiny mammal that is found in the forests of Colombia and Ecuador. The olinguito makes its stake for word of the year as the tiny mammal was first mentioned as having been discovered in August this year and represents the first discovery of a new mammalian carnivore in some 35 years. It also looks quite cute, resembling a little teddy bear.
The Oxford Dictionary team gave its full definition of the word selfie together with a short history of its origins.
Selfie – a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
The word has been traced back to its first use on an Australian online forum in 2002 when one of the forum users posted: “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.”
We are quite sure you have all seen plenty of selfies over the last few months but here is a gallery of some of the best from the last year or so. As well as the usual celebrity shots the gallery also includes the first selfie taken in space and a couple of ‘sefie stars’ who have attracted a lot of traffic thanks to their Instagram selfies.