‘Selfie’ nominated word of the year

‘Selfie’ nominated word of the year

The English language is ever evolving and growing, and this year is no exception. Back in 2011, the word ‘LOL’ became part of everyday conversation, even making it into the Oxford Dictionary.

And this year, it’s the word ‘selfie’ which has been named word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary.

The word, which as many of you will know means a photograph taken of yourself, usually with a smartphone, which is then uploaded to a social media site. The development of forward-facing cameras on smartphones has lent itself to the rise of selfies on the go.

Selfies of Justin  Beiber and Miley Cyrus

 Although the term was first used back in 2002, Oxford Dictionaries has calculated that the use of ‘selfie’ has increased by 17,000% in this past year.

Other words which appeared on the candidate list for word of the year included ‘twerk’- think Miley Cyrus-and ‘binge-watch’, which refers to binging on TV box sets.

How often do you take ‘selfies’? Do you think another word should have been nominated instead? Let us know by making a below, or get in touch via Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel