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'Selfie' is The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013: VIDEO


selfie noun, informal (also selfy; plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website

The Oxford English Dictionaries writes:

Today Oxford Dictionaries announces selfie as their international 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. Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year.

Selfie can actually be traced back to 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum.  The word gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world in 2013 as it evolved from a social media buzzword to mainstream shorthand for a self-portrait photograph. Its linguistic productivity is already evident in the creation of numerous related spin-off terms showcasing particular parts of the body like helfie (a picture of one’s hair) and belfie (a picture of one’s posterior); a particular activity – welfie (workout selfie) and drelfie (drunken selfie), and even items of furniture – shelfie and bookshelfie.

Judy Pearsall, Editorial Director for Oxford Dictionaries, explained the decision: “Using the Oxford Dictionaries language research programme, 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.”

Other words on the short list included bedroom tax, binge-watch, bitcoin, olinguito, schmeat, showrooming, and twerk.

To celebrate this year's word, watch a music video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. For the last time, that's NOT A SELFIE!

    Posted by: Gigi | Nov 19, 2013 7:55:52 AM

  2. How much more of Nick Jonas are we going to see on Towleroad? Maybe the site should change its name to Jonas road. Besides, he's not that hot.

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 19, 2013 8:15:53 AM

  3. GIGI, can't you even read a definition that is in front of your face? A selfie no longer requires a iPhone in your hand. You can take it with your webcam and upload it.

    Posted by: MIke | Nov 19, 2013 8:19:48 AM

  4. Nick is a neck-downer.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 19, 2013 8:24:59 AM

  5. @MIKE -- I don't care what the "new" definition is. That's not a selfie.

    Posted by: Gigi | Nov 19, 2013 8:34:44 AM

  6. Very good choice, Internet is full of them, no complains when a good looking guy wants the world to see him.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Nov 19, 2013 10:05:38 AM

  7. Selfie is a juvenile term. I have no respect for anyone over 18yo that uses it.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Nov 19, 2013 10:13:57 AM

  8. @Gigi: If he took it (timers exist), it's a selfie; if he didn't it's a pseudo-selfie.

    I feel out of the loop since I have no idea what a couple of the short-list words mean, but I guess they're the 2013 losers so maybe I don't have to know.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 19, 2013 11:53:07 AM

  9. Nick is hot, above and below neck. Leave him alone!

    Posted by: eric | Nov 19, 2013 11:57:02 AM

  10. Hot Selfie...

    Posted by: gman | Nov 19, 2013 12:40:07 PM

  11. Thank you Mr Jonas for sharing your fine body with us...

    Posted by: jarago | Nov 19, 2013 5:53:07 PM

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