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2013: The year of the Selfie!

2013: The Year of the Selfie Oxford Dictionaries 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. Candidates for Word Definition of the Year are debated annually and one is eventually chosen that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance. selfie in English Pronunication: /'selfi/ (also selfy) noun (plural selfies) informal a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website The earliest known usage of selfie? 13 Sept 2002, forum posting, ABC Online (Australia) Usage of the word selfie increased by over 17,000% Oct "Um, drunk at a mate's 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." Aug between October 2012 & October 2013 Sep Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan Selfies around the world The word selfie is widely used as a borrowing from English in many countries, but here are some of the different words for selfie around the world: autoportrait égoportrait French omakuva egobild Finnish Swedish CaMOCrpen селфи Russian swantham chithram Malayalam 自拍 (Zhi Paat) Selbstporträt German Cantonese (sura dhatiyya) Arabic autorretrato postureo Spanish (zipai zhào) Mandarin Chinese autoscatto svayam Italian chitre Hebrew Hindi 셀카 (selka) Korean vetė- shkrepje umfanekiso autoportret Albanian wam Romanian Xhosa Top related coinages Most popular selfie spin-offs from social media butt/ bottom Monday/ moustache/ male/ mom shelf/ shirt/ sweater legs bookshelf dog/ dad/ double/ dead hair belfie shelfies bookshelfie LEGSIE MELFIE delfic I helfie Shortlist for word of the year 2013 SWERK bitcoin twerk Games olinguito Superstore showrooming binge-watch bedroom tax Blips on our word radar schmeat Words which achieved high levels of usage for short periods of time Harlem shake Thanksgivukkah brexit precariat sharknado ununpentium fatberg chapulling Minus Harlem shake, sharknado Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Previous words of the year 2004-2012 UK & US UK US Sources: Selfie definition: Oxford Dictionaries language research programme "Shortlist for word of the year 2013" Illustrations: Barry Hall, Cube Fish Media GOxfordWords QOED Oxford Dictionaries OXFORD The world's most trusted dictionaries UNIVERSITY PRESS

2013: The year of the Selfie!

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Earlier today we announced that the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is ‘selfie’. Explore the infographic below to learn more about this year’s Word of the Year and track its evolut...


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