Be warned, if you’ve never posted a…
…selfie online, you are nobody! That is the conclusion of Oxford Dictionaries this week after announcing selfie as its Word of the Year.
For anyone who needs a definition (including me) selfie means: “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”.
A Word of the Year is voted on every November by Oxford Dictionaries, as a fun way of championing the English language.
A press release stated: “It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or The Pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.”
Selfie is not a completely new word, and already exists in the Oxford Dictionaries Online (although not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary). It is believed to have been in use since 2002 but has become more common in the past year.
Apparently, the word originated in Australia and was first used on a forum by a party goer who had taken a self portrait using a mobile phone whilst drunk, writing afterwards: “sorry about the focus, it was a selfie”.
The best part is that other words have now been developed to relate to different body parts, including: helfie (picture of your own hair), belfie (picture of your bottom), drelfie (picture of yourself drunk) and so on!
It’s funny, studying the origins of the English language used to mean a lesson in Latin, now it means delving into someone’s drunken antics and attempts to post on social media!
Oh well, no more time to dwell on that, I’ve got to go and post a selfie…