Selfie: 2013’s Word of the Year
The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary gave their yearly top honors to the word “selfie” today, in an announcement that somehow, was not accompanied by a selfie.
So what was the organization’s rationale?
"It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year."
And for a bit of little-known trivia: The term was born in Australia, where the suffix “-ie” is commonly used. From the 2002 ABC forum posting that reportedly birthed the word, documenting a drunken accident:
“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”
Head over to World Now for more on the linguistic honor.
Photos: L’Osservatore Romano / Associated Press, NASA