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Oxford Word Of The Year

November 19, 2013 by  

Oxford Word Of The Year, “Selfie” has been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

The word has evolved from a niche social media tag into a mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph, the editors said.

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

Other shortlisted words included “twerk” – a raunchy dance move performed by Miley Cyrus – and “binge-watch” – meaning watching lots of TV.

“Schmeat”, meaning a form of meat synthetically produced from biological tissue, was also a contender.

‘Inventiveness’
The word of the year award celebrates the inventiveness of English speakers when confronted with social, political or technological change.

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