Oxford Dictionary tags "selfie" as Word of the Year

We’re not surprised.

Agence France-Presse (via Inquirer.net) reports that "selfie" has been declared as Oxford dictionary's Word of the Year.


The report noted that the usage of the word, defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website," has spiked by 17,000 percent since this time in 2012. According to the dictionary’s editorial director, Judy Pearsall, the popularity of "selfie" has increased due to its frequent usage in social media. The word was reportedly first used in an Australian online forum post in September 2002.


The word beat out  the verb "twerking" for the distinction although the latter's use has skyrocketed this year following Miley Cyrus' dance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. The dictionary defines "twerking" as to "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance."



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