Submitted by Hairy Scot on November 23, 2013

Selfie

Selfie becomes a word!

The selfie – defined as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself’ – has taken off to such a degree in 2013 that the term was last week named Word of the Year by the Oxford English Dictionary.

Progress indeed!

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The day people stop inventing new words: that's the day we should start worrying about the state of English. But of course they won't, because people are creative with language, especially young people. A lecture at Ted Talks to illustrate the point:

http://www.ted.com/talks/anne_curzan_what_makes...

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And now there's "dronie":

http://kottke.org/14/04/drone-selfies

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"Selfies of 2013 – the best, worst and most revealing" - The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/de...

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"David Cameron and Danish PM brush off criticism of Mandela memorial selfie" - The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/11...

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Shelfie, that is great.

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ROFLMAO

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Come on. Up to speed, you two; selfie is so last month. This month's word is shelfie.

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/open-diction...

And there are more meanings at the Urban Dictionary.

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And already being explained to ESOL students, now that I learnt it myself yesterday.

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