Oxford Dictionaries Turns The Camera For Its Word Of The Year

Chances are you see them every day - and probably snap a few yourself!

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is "selfie."

The organization announced the news Monday on its blog. A "selfie" is a photo a person takes of oneself. Oxford officials say, while the word of the year discussion usually sparks some good-natured debate, selfie was a runaway winner.

The word, they said, already existed in its online dictionary. The word of the year doesn't need to be new, it merely needs "to demonstrate some kind of prominence over the preceding year or so and selfie certainly fits the bill," they wrote in the blog posting.

"It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet," the blog reads. "If it is good enough for the Obamas or The Pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year."

Oxford says the word has its origins in social media and gained mainstream usage in 2012.

For Oxford's discussions on the word's origins and variations, you can read the blog posting here.


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