“Selfie” is the new word

selfie, Oxford, dictionaryOxford Dictionary has made “Selfie” (a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website) 2013’s Word of the Year.  It beat out bitcoin, twerking and a olinguito, which is an little animal that is related to the raccoon that lives in Columbia.

Apparently, men take twice as many selfies as women for some reason, and it is on the rise since all of our digital devices come with phones.  The photos are mostly casual, and either taken with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror.  But they aren’t new.  People have been taking “selfies” since Kodak introduced the Kodak Brownie box in 1900.

I’m just glad Twerking wasn’t the word of the year.   Yuck.

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