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.



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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