What is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year (WOTY)?
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word, or expression, that we can see has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Every year, candidates for Word of the Year are debated and one is eventually chosen that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.
And so, this year’s Word of the Year was recently announced, and the winner is …….. drum roll, please ……. “selfie.”
Yes, that’s it. The International Word of the Year.
What is it? Here is the Oxford definition:
(also selfy; plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website
The word Selfie can be traced back to an Australian online forum wayyy back in 2002.
Do you use this word? (I haven’t)
Do you take selfies? (I have, a few times when traveling, and quickly deleted the result. Clearly selfies are not a friendly form of photography for folks-of-a-certain-age :shock:)