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pollipops: the selfie


The Oxford Dictionary has just awarded “selfie” as their 2013 word of the year.

Defined as, a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

While you may see this as a negative, before reaching for your gun, take a deep breath and focus on how runners up like, “twerk” or “sharknado” were not chosen.

Typically Oxford announces a separate word for the USA and UK. However, this year, ‘selfie’ took the prize for both locations. Some previous words of the year were ‘podcast’, ‘refudiate’ and ‘unfriend’. Damn you Facebook! Last year’s ‘Word of the Year’ in the UK was ‘omnishambles’, while in the USA it was ‘GIF’… I’ll let you come to your own thoughts on that…

Selfies seem unstoppable! In this day and age it’s very tough to go anywhere without seeing someone taking a selfie.
Selfies show a nice level of confidence in the taker, but can also border on narcissistic with selfies like the ‘duck face’ and ‘bathroom selfie’.

For me, a major key to taking a selfie is not being seen while taking one. This can be challenging. E, my 3 year old daughter in the picture above, has clearly mastered the ‘art form’.

What are your thoughts on selfies? Do you have any predictions for next year’s ‘Word of the Year’?

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Mr. J

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