The Word of the Year 2013 is… ‘Selfie’

SelfieToday Oxford Dictionaries announced ‘Selfie’ as the international Word of the Year 2013. Their research reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year.

Where does ‘selfie’ come from?
Oxford Dictionaries shows Selfie can actually be traced back to 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum. Social media helped to popularise this term. Just do a quick “#selfie” search on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instragram and you will find loads of results with “self-portrait photographs.”

The shortlist
Other words on the shortlist were ‘bedroom tax’, ‘binge-watch’, ‘bitcoin’, ‘olinguito’, ‘schmeat’, ‘showrooming’ and ‘twerk’.

What do you think, should we add ‘selfie’ in our language learning product as well? 😉

Miriam Melchers

Miriam is Social Media Manager EMEA at Rosetta Stone. She said ‘Dag Amsterdam. Hello London!’ and moved to the most multicultural city in the world. She speaks Dutch, English, un petit peu Français and thinks German is ‘ganz toll’! That’s why she’s improving her German with Rosetta Stone. She loves languages, but she loves engaging with our learners and fans even more. Follow her on Twitter.

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