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What is the world coming to? Oxford proclaims 'selfie' word of the year for 2013...
Posted 19 November 2013 - 04:10 PM
""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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Posted 19 November 2013 - 04:12 PM
Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:41 PM
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.
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Posted 19 November 2013 - 06:17 PM
you are one up on me. This is the first I've heard of it.
Heard it this morning on Mike and Mike. Discussing the same article.
Posted 20 November 2013 - 12:53 AM
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:
Selfie can be traced back to 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum, according to Oxford Dictionaries. A man posted a picture of injuries to his face sustained when he tripped over some steps. He apologised for the fact that it was out of focus, saying that it was not because he was drunk but because it was a selfie.
This year, selfie has gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world, helped by pictures such as one of the Pope with teenagers that went viral.
Judy Pearsall, editorial director for Oxford Dictionaries, said: "Social media sites helped to popularise the term, with the hashtag #selfie appearing on the photo-sharing website Flickr as early as 2004, but usage wasn't widespread until around 2012, when selfie was being used commonly in mainstream media sources."
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.
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Posted 20 November 2013 - 12:37 PM
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?