Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weird Word of the Week: Selfie

Declared by the Oxford English Dictionary as "the word of 2013," the word "selfie"refers to the type of self-photograph that has become so popular even Pope Francis has done it.

Photo credit: AFP

According to the BBC, "The word has evolved from a niche social media tag into a mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph...

"Research suggested its frequency in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the last year.

Other shortlisted words were twerk, binge-watch, showrooming, and bitcoin. Madame L notes that her blogging program is unfamiliar with most of these words, making a squiggly red line under them every time Madame L types them. So Madame L is proud to say she's ahead of her computer on social trends. For whatever that's worth, which is probably very little, since she doesn't even understand the terminology used in a Business Insider article reporting that Bitcoin "Hits $600."

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