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“Selfie” Declared 2013 Word of the Year

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Meryl Streep and Hilary Clinton take a selfie

To underscore how important social media is in our modern lives, the Oxford English Dictionaries has declared “selfie” to be the 2013 word of the year. A selfie is a self-portrait taken with a smart phone and uploaded to social media sharing sites.

An excerpt from the OED blog:
“…[O]ur Word of the Year need not be a new word. However, it does need to demonstrate some kind of prominence over the preceding year or so and selfie certainly fits the bill. 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.”

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by Karen McCarthy

 

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