Selfie is the Word of the Year

Josh Duboff


In what would have been a Sophie's Choice situation for Miley Cyrus,
"selfie" has been chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries international word of the year, besting the similarly ubiquitous "twerk."

Though the word "selfie" actually dates back to 2002 (when people had to sketch their own selfies with charcoal by the oil lamp), its frequency in the English language has jumped a staggering 17,000 percent in the past year.

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The word certainly fulfills the central requirement of the designation-"a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date"-and also meets the criteria of having had a "cultural significance" and reflecting "the ethos, mood or preoccupations of that particular year." And from a duck-facing Malia and Sasha to a half-naked Geraldo to the infamous white bathing suit-ed Kim Kardashian (in what some have called the Mona Lisa of selfies), there are few notable celebrities who haven't touched that button that makes the camera face towards you and selfied their hearts out.

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Expect to read about "Selfie"'s celebratory bash in Page Six tomorrow, which we hear will be held in a dimly-lit house of mirrors with a playlist including Beyonce's "Me, Myself and I," Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," and former Jersey Shore cast-member Angelina Pivarnick's seminal classic, "I'm Hot." "Twerk," meanwhile, will linger in the alleyway outside the soiree, wondering why Miley isn't returning its texts and asking its agent if maybe they can at least get a sidebar interview in In Touch if they won't give it the cover anymore.

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