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"Selfie" named Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2013

Nov 25, 2013 18:12 IST

SelfieThe word Selfie was named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries on 19 November 2013.

Selfie, (Noun) means: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. The word has evolved from a niche social media tag into a mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph.

Other shortlisted words included twerk- a raunchy dance move performed by Miley Cyrus - and binge-watch - meaning watching lots of TV. Schmeat, meaning a form of meat synthetically produced from biological tissue, was also a contender.

Selfie was added to OxfordDictionaries.com in August 2013, although the Word of the Year selection is made irrespective of whether the candidates are already included in an Oxford dictionary.

The other words that were shortlisted include: bedroom tax, meaning a reduction in the amount of housing benefit paid to a claimant if the property; bitcoin— a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank and olinguito, a small furry mammal found in mountain forests in Colombia and Ecuador.

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