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Selfie is Now in the Dictionary

By Jules Ebe on September 1st 2013


The ‘Selfie,’ i.e. pouty smartphone self-portraits made popular by Instagram and the movie Zoolander (or was that duckface?), is to be added to the dictionary in an upcoming update. The question – is it a verb or noun?

Selfie: (noun) A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

More words to make the list of the dictionary’s quarterly update: ‘twerk’ – I am not even going to open up that can of worms, ‘digital detox’, ‘buzzworthy’, ‘squee’, and ‘srsly’ – I promise, I could not even make this stuff up. You can file all this under inarticulate cultural definitions.

Selfies has continually gained mainstream use in our everyday modern vernacular. Recently Vogue made an official call for ‘selfies’ in the September issue while Hillary Clinton used the word in a text message to the owner of a Tumblr dedicated to an image of her texting. Read that fast five times and it will feel like the movie Inception.

For more from the list, check out the Oxford Dictionaries blog here.

Image Credit: Taylor Jewell

[via Fashionista and Oxford Dictionaries]


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  1. Black Z Eddie

    Yeah, “Selfie” I can see making it to the dictionary. It’s a fad word that has stuck around for a while.

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