Published on November 20th, 20130
Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013: “SELFIE”
“Selfie” - self-portrait photo taken with a cell phone and then posted online on social networks - was chosen the word of 2013 by the editors of the Oxford dictionaries, informs AFP.
“Selfie” was preferred over to the word “twerk” term designating the lascivious dance, made famous by singer Miley Cyrus, and the word “binge -watch” term designating watching a marathon of TV programs, according to a Tuesday issued by the editors of these prestigious of dictionaries.
Publishers Oxford Dictionaries, using the search tool where able to analyze nearly 150 million English words used on the Internet every month, they found the use of the term “selfie” increased 17,000 % in the last 12 months.
According to the sources, the first known appearance of the word dates back to 2002, first appearing on an Australian online forum.
“Social networks helped popularize the term, and the hashtag “#selfie” appeared on the Flickr photo sharing website since 2004“, said Judy Pearsall, editorial director of Oxford Dictionaries.
“But its use has spread so much just from 2012 when the “Selfie” was commonly used in the media“, she added.
The word “selfie” has not yet entered the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), but was included in OxfordDictionaries.com in August. In the same month, a “papal selfie” appeared almost everywhere on the internet, showing the Pope Francis posing in the middle of a group of teenagers, one of whom carried a photo with his cell phone.