"Selfie" Is Oxford Dictionaries' Word Of The Year For 2013
"Selfie" has out maneuvered the overworked "twerk" to become the Oxford University Press' 2013 Word of the Year. Adding to that honor, the word's ubiquity on both sides of the Altantic has ensured that it is the WOTY for both the U.S. and the U.K., which typically are assigned different words to hold the title.
As far as the etymology of "selfie" goes, linguists place its birth in Australia, where the suffix "ie" is regularly (and cutely!) added to spice up words (barbeque = barbie, for example).
"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," reads part of Oxford's press release sent out Tuesday.
In addition to "twerk," "selfie" overcame "Bitcoin," "showrooming" and "schmeat" to earn the prestigious title.
Oxford's official definition of the 2013 Word of the Year is as follows:
"A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."