Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2013definitely captures a snapshot of our social-media-obsessed moment.
That’s right — it’s “selfie.”
If you don’t know what a selfie is, Oxford Dictionariesdefines it as:
(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
It’s not a new word — its origins date to a 2002 posting in an Australian Web forum,according to Reuters — but that doesn’t matter. “The Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past 12 months and it does not have to be a word that will stick around for a good length of time,” Judy Pearsall, editorial director for Oxford Dictionaries, tells Reuters.