A world of words
“A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”.
“Selfie” was named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries last november.
Research suggested its frequency in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the last year, they added.
The word of the year award celebrates the inventiveness of English speakers when confronted with social, political or technological change.
Other words that were shortlisted included “showrooming” – examining a product at a shop before buying it online at a lower price – and bitcoin – a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.
Some of these selfies have been widely shared in social websites.
Do you usually take selfies? What do you do with them? Who do you like take them with?