Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie

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Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:17:26 PM »
"Selfie" has been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

The word has evolved from a niche social media tag into a mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph, the editors said.

Research suggested its frequency in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the last year, they added.

"Selfie" is the word of 2013, but the BBC's Lucas de Jong quizzes people on the streets of London as to the meaning of other shortlisted words

Other shortlisted words included "twerk" - a raunchy dance move performed by Miley Cyrus - and "binge-watch" - meaning watching lots of TV.

"Schmeat", meaning a form of meat synthetically produced from biological tissue, was also a contender.
'Inventiveness'

The word of the year award celebrates the inventiveness of English speakers when confronted with social, political or technological change.

In 2004, the word of the year was "chav", in 2008 it was credit crunch and last year it was "omnishambles".

To qualify, a word need not have been coined within the past 12 months, but it does need to have become prominent or notable in that time.

Selfie is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website".

Its increase in use is calculated by Oxford Dictionaries using a research program that collects around 150 million English words currently in use from around the web each month.

This software can be used to track the emergence of new words and monitor changes in geography, register, and frequency of use.
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Selfie can be traced back to 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum, according to Oxford Dictionaries.
Sasha and Malia Obama at their father's inauguration The Obama girls take a selfie

A man posted a picture of injuries to his face sustained when he tripped over some steps. He apologised for the fact that it was out of focus, saying that it was not because he was drunk but because it was a selfie.

This year, selfie has gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world, helped by pictures such as one of the Pope with teenagers that went viral.

Oxford Dictionaries online editor Richard Holden explains the choice of "selfie" as word of the year

Judy Pearsall, editorial director for Oxford Dictionaries, said: "Social media sites helped to popularize the term, with the hash tag #selfie appearing on the photo-sharing website Flickr as early as 2004, but usage wasn't widespread until around 2012, when selfie was being used commonly in mainstream media sources."

Selfie was added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online in August, but is not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary, although it is being considered for future use.

Other words that were shortlisted included "showrooming" - examining a product at a shop before buying it online at a lower price - and bitcoin - a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24992393
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Re: Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 03:19:28 PM »
Informative
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Re: Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2013, 10:14:06 AM »
Thanks
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Re: Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 11:36:54 AM »
Thank you very much.I am excited to learn a new word which has been labeled as a word of 2013.

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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 03:42:36 PM »
thanks :D
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Re: Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2014, 01:14:04 AM »
Good information.
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2014, 09:51:03 AM »
Thank you all for your appreciation
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Re: Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2014, 03:15:05 PM »
Some new words...
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2014, 11:57:16 PM »
mostly used word of the year 2013.
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Re: Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2014, 10:14:56 PM »
Excellent post
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Re: Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2014, 11:20:41 AM »
it has become a recent trend
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Re: Word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries: Selfie
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2014, 08:13:32 PM »
Informative post. Thanks for sharing.
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