Where form meets function

The end of the year is looming and with that comes a variety of End of Year polls. Fending off competition from words like “twerk,” “bitcoin” and “binge-watch,” “selfie” finally came through on top for 2013’s Official Word of the Year. The Oxford Dictionary has defined it as:

selfie: noun, informal
(also selfy: plural selfies)

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

And the Oxford University Press has managed to trace the usage of the word back to 2002, where it found it being used in an Australian forum to describe a self-taken photo posted by someone following a drunken fall. Apparently, the hashtag #selfie then first appeared on Flickr in 2004. It’s the landmark of yet another technology-related term becoming officiall, with “podcast” in 2005 and “GIF” just last year.

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