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What is the world coming to? Oxford proclaims 'selfie' word of the year for 2013...

Discussion in 'The OT' started by cj9788, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. cj9788

    cj9788 Hall Of Fame

    May 14, 2003

    ""Selfie" has been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

    The word has evolved from a niche social media tag into a mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph, the editors said.

    Research suggested its frequency in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the last year, they added."

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  2. yosoyellobo

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    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    Never heard it before, twice today.
  3. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule!

    Mar 22, 2004
    I'd heard the term before, but didn't know what it meant (it dates back to 2005, according to Wikipedia), but the concept goes 'way back,perhaps to 1900.
  4. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    you are one up on me. This is the first I've heard of it.
  5. yosoyellobo

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    Nov 1, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    Heard it this morning on Mike and Mike. Discussing the same article.
  6. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    My grandkids use it alot - Facebook encourages it and "smart" phones make it easy to take a selfie and post it thus creating a record of your activities that will haunt you the rest of your life. According to a BBC article from yesterday:

    Many Oxford Dictionaries words of the year don't stick around, but this one probably will.

    What is the world coming to? In January "hashtag" was named the American Dialect Society word of the year for 2012. So I'd say the world is coming to recognize the role of our extremely portable computers - smartphones and tablets. I'm not sure just how that will become truly productive for our human economy. But I'm old.
  7. Rich

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    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Sure hope "irregardless" hasn't been added. But my spellchecker doesn't flag it irregardless of how I type it. Wonder why, or did I miss it being added?


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