The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 is… Selfie. Yep, selfie. The above infographic gives information as to the evolution of the word selfie from a social media buzzword to mainstream shorthand for a self-portrait photograph.
“The decision was unanimous this year, with little if any argument. This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start. Other words were considered, as you will see from our shortlist, but selfie was the runaway winner. It’s not a new word. For starters, it has already been included in Oxford Dictionaries Online (although not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary), and we wrote about it as part of our occasional Words on the Radar series back in June 2012. But our 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 selfiecertainly fits the bill. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfiesomewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or The Pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.” (Oxford Dictionaries)
Its usage in the past year has increased by over 17,000% (BBC), which is mental. Personally, I still prefer last year’s Word of the Year: Omnishambles. Especially considering that the greatest selfie of all time and space has already been taken, so you might as well just stop taking selfies and give up now. Mind you, I’d much rather selfie was the Word of the Year than Sharknado or Harlem Shake!
What do you think of the choice? Onwards!