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Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 Word of the Year

Every year Oxford Dictionaries come up with a word that serves to sum up the entire year, and this year’s word seems about right.

So what is Oxford’s Word of the Year for 2013?

Selfie!

selfie

In case you live under a rock, a selfie is defined as: (n.) informal – a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

Other words that almost took the title?

binge-watch, verb:
to watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming. [ORIGIN 1990s: from BINGE + WATCH, after BINGE-EAT, BINGE-DRINK.]

bitcoin, noun:
a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank. Also, a unit of bitcoin.

schmeat, noun, informal:
a form of meat  produced synthetically from biological tissue. [ORIGIN early 21st century: perhaps from SYNTHETIC and MEAT, influenced by the use of ‘- -, schm - -’ as a disparaging or dismissive exclamation (e.g. fancy schmancy: ‘some of the gourmet sauces you get in fancy schmancy places are just too spicy for me’).]

showrooming, noun:
the practice of visiting a shop or shops in order to examine a product before buying it online at a lower price.

and of course…

twerk, verb:
dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.

In the end, I think ‘selfie’ really is the word of the year, so show us yours!

Instagram a pic of yourself and use (hashtag) #pointselfie and you’ll see it here!

What word would you use to sum up 2013? Tell us in the comment section below!

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