Oxford Dictionaries Names Selfie the Word of the Year

Posted on November 19, 2013

The Oxford Dictionaries have declared that the word "selfie" is the Word of the Year. The word selfie first appeared online in 2002 in an online ABC forum posting by a drunk Australian who said: "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."

The word selfie has morphed into other words connotating different types of self portraits including the helfie (a picture one's hair), the welfie, the workout selfie much beloved by Miranda Kerr and the drelfie, which indicates a drunken selfie. Book lovers love a good bookshelfie which is a photo of the books currently on their bookshelf.

It's a good choice. Selfie is here to stay.

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