Does the word 'selfie' really capture the mood of 2013?

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Oxford Dictionaries have named 'selfie' the most influential word of the year...

Kim Kardashian's bum on Instagram

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'Selfie' has been named 'Word of the Year 2013' by Oxford Dictionaries, who believe it summarises the mood of the nation and the current state of popular culture.

Gawd help us!

According to the word nerds, 'selfie' evolved from a niche social media hashtag to become a mainstream term for a self-portrait photo...amazing considering the words 'self' and 'portrait' haven't been wiped clean from our lives.

Research suggests the use of the word has increased by 17,000% in the last year! Wow.

Other words that have made it into the top ten are 'twerk' and 'binge-watch' - as in watching multiple TV episodes back-to-back.

So, how is a seflie defined by the Oxford Dictionary we hear you ask? Well, it's "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website".

So does a selfie only become a selfie when it's uploaded to Twitter or Instagram or does it exsist as a selfie in your phone...gosh, it's like a philosophical mend-bender!

Take a peek at some of our favourite celebrity no-makeup selfies. Are you impressed?



Do you think selfie should have been given the big honour? Take a look at some of the other short-listed words in the poll below and pick your favourite...

What should have been crowned 'Word of the Year 2013' instead of selfie?
Twerking35.71%
Binge-watch10.71%
Schmeat (yes, that's synthetically created meat)10.71%
Chav21.43%
omnishambles (and all encompassing shambolic situation)0.00%
Showrooming (checking out a product in the shop and then buying it online cheaper)3.57%
Bitcoin (digital currency)7.14%
Healthie (a healthy version of a selfie)10.71%


TWERK & SELFIE ADDED TO THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY

HUH?! THE MOST RECOGNISED WORD IN THE WORLD

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