Selfie is the word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries

The publishers of the reference guide announced their selection today, and it was unanimous

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Oxford Dictionaries' annual word-of-the-year selection has been revealed, and it's the ubiquitious selfie. According to the reference guide's website, the pick is "judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance." As a point of comparison: 2012's word of the year was GIF (verb) and 2011's was squeezed middle.


This year's much-less-political term refers, of course, to the self-portraits posted on social media by everyone from drunk people to Broadway stars (pictured) and millennials at funerals. According to the editors at Oxford Dictionaries, use of selfie has skyrocketed 17,000% in the last year. The expression was first used in 2002, and this year it was added to Oxford's online dictionaries—though it hasn't yet earned a spot in the reference guide's physical tome.



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