Selfie Is Word of the Year

    File - In this Sept. 5, 2012, file photo, provided by NASA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 32 flight engineer, uses a digital still camera to expose a photo of his helmet visor during the mission's third session of extravehicular activity (EVA). During the six-hour, 28-minute spacewalk, Hoshide and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (visible in the reflections of Hoshide's helmet visor), flight engineer, installed a camera on the International Space Station's robotic arm, Canadarm2. "Selfie" the smartphone self-portrait has been declared word of the year for 2013 by Britain's Oxford University Press. (AP Photo/Nasa, Aki Hoshide, File)

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    Congratulations, narcissistic millennials: you’ve changed the dictionary. Yay? “Selfie” is Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year, the publishers announced on Tuesday. “It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet,” wrote Oxford English Dictionary on its blog. “If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.” It beat out some other words you’ve heard (and probably despise too): twerk, bitcoin, and showrooming. Selfie had already been on the dictionary’s radar, since it was picked as a word to watch last year. Apparently selfie’s first known usage was apparently in 2002, by an Australian who posted a hungover photo an Internet forum, calling it a “selfie.” The rest is history.

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