The Oxford Dictionaries have chosen “selfie” as the Word of the Year for the United States.

A “selfie” is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”  According to the OUP blog, the organizers voted unanimously for this word.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “There have also been lots of plays on this word, such as ‘welfie’ (workout selfie), ‘drelfie’ (drunken selfie), and even, for you book lovers out there, ‘bookshelfie’ (shelfie in front of your bookshelves). Though selfie is not in the Oxford English Dictionary yet, it is being considered for future inclusion.” Would “selfie” have been your choice for “word of the year”?

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