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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.
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Come on. Up to speed, you two; selfie is so last month. This month's word is shelfie.
And there are more meanings at the Urban Dictionary.
And already being explained to ESOL students, now that I learnt it myself yesterday.
Shelfie, that is great.
"David Cameron and Danish PM brush off criticism of Mandela memorial selfie" - The Guardian
"Selfies of 2013 – the best, worst and most revealing" - The Guardian
And now there's "dronie":
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:
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