Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Oxford Chooses Word of the Year

And the winner is… “Selfie”. Sure there were other words, but none of them stood a chance against the ultimate winner for 2013. From the Oxford Dictionary blog:
The decision was unanimous this year, with little if any argument. This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start. Other words were considered, as you will see from our shortlist, but selfie was the runaway winner. 
Oxford defines “selfie” as:
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:
occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary
Glad we cleared that up.

BTW: the photo above is from Acceleroto who recently released a smartphone app called “Cat Selfie.” I’m not going to explain what it does. (“Put your cat in control.”) But if you’re guessing, you’re right.


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