Selfie – the art of snapping a photograph of yourself with a camera or smartphone held at arm’s length. The word was coined to celebrate the millions of slightly vague-looking people who want to share with the world exactly what they look like after they wake up / putting on makeup / sipping a coffee / riding a bike etc.
But the selfie got an unexpected ego boost this week when Oxford Dictionaries named it as the Word of the Year. “Using the Oxford Dictionaries language research program, which collects around 150 million words of current English in use each month, we can see a phenomenal upward trend in the use of ‘selfie’ in 2013,and this helped to cement its selection as Word of the Year,” Oxford Dictionaries Editorial Director Judy Pearsall said in a press release. By comparison, last year Oxford Dictionaries chose ‘GIF,’ as its Word of the Year in the United States.
Clearly competition for Word of the Year isn’t as cutthroat as it used to be.