Publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have chosen “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013.
The word selfie, which is used to describe a self-portrait taken with a mobile device or uploaded to social media, had to compete with other words, such as “twerk” and “bitcoin”, for word of the year. The Oxford English Dictionary said on its blog that if the word was good enough to be used by figures including Obama and the Pope, then it was good enough to be the word of the year. Selfie has already been included in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary and was considered a word to watch last year by Oxford, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen selfie as the word of the year for both the United States and United Kingdom versions of the dictionary. This is different from previous years, when two different words have been chosen for the different versions of the dictionary, reports Syracuse.com.