Smile for the dictionary: ‘Selfie’ is 2013 word of the year

Selfies have gone beyond being just a global phenomenon.

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When the word nerds (a term of endearment, I swear) at the Oxford English Dictionaries sat down to consider which word commanded enough prominence during the course of 2013 to be named the official word of the year, the choice was obvious. In an unusual unanimous decision, the group awarded the honor to two syllables that, when combined in a particular order, best describe the paradoxical nexus of narcissism and shared social experience known as the “selfie.”

In case you aren’t as hip as a reference librarian, here’s the official definition for selfie (sometimes ‘selfy’):

a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

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