'Selfie' picked as word of the year by Oxford Dictionary

Joyce Lupiani

'Selfie' picked as word of the year by Oxford Dictionary

CREATED Nov. 19, 2013

(KTNV) -- The results are in and 2013's word of the year has been picked.

"Selfie" has been picked as the word of the year by Oxford English Dictionary.

They define is 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 really a new word. Its origins date back to a 2002 posting in an Australian web forum.

However, the use of the word has gained significant steam in the last 12 months. Usage of the word "selfie" has increased 17,000 percent since 2012.

The word beat out other words such as "twerk," which refers to dancing in a sexually provocative manner. Twerking was popularized by singer Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this year.

It's not just regular people who take photos of themselves and post to Twitter and Facebook and Instagram.

Many celebrities post selfies on a regular basis and even the First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton have posted pics of themselves.

Other potential words this year included "bitcoin" and "showrooming."

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