Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is …….

Screen shot 2013-11-20 at 6.56.12 PMWhat 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.
(Oxford Dictionaries.com)

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:

noun, informal
(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:)

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17 thoughts on “Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is …….

  1. what a funny word! I have certainly seen many people taking Selfies, especially when viewing the Mona Lisa in the Louvre …. I don’t use this word but can confess to taking a few Selfies such as reflections in mirrors or mirrored glass in settings I would like to remember :)

  2. I don’t really get all the fuss but it appears “selfie” is the word to know and use these days. I heard that if you take a “selfie” with another person it’s called an “us-ie”. Is this so? If, yes, then I need to hop with it and get with it! I am behind the times! ;-)

  3. Who knew that would be picked as the word of the year! It is cute, and appropriate but word of the year??? My husband taught it to me when we were on our Accidental Vacation, so 2 months ago for me. Amazing. :)

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