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Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year Is…Selfie

Landon Takes a Selfie

It’s only fitting that the word of the year sums up modern narcissism.  People don’t talk about ANYTHING besides themselves anymore, right?

Oxford English Dictionary just revealed its annual word of the year. And the pick for 2013 is…SELFIE.

Their official definition is, quote, “noun.  A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

Oxford editors say that the word “selfie” is showing up in written content 17,000% more than it was at this time last year.

A few of the runners-up for word of the year were . . .

binge-watch.  “Verb.  To watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.”

showrooming.  “Noun.  The practice of visiting a shop in order to examine a product before buying it online at a lower price.”

And Twerk.  “Verb.  Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

(Time)

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