‘Selfie’ named by Oxford Dictionaries as word of 2013

The Devon HACK

Walking the Hike Against Cruelty to Kids

 The English language is constantly evolving and “Selfie” is the latest word of the year.  The Internet, social media sites and texting are all sources of constant change.  Of course you could be photo-bombed in a Selfie.  Would that still be a Selfie?

 

The Selfie

Who is this?
It is me,
draped in fancy dress,
traipsing from the sea on Boxing Day.
Eat your heart out Daniel Craig.

Who is this?
It is me,
drooping in a bar,
too much choice by far
of micro-brewery Boston beer.

Who is this?
It is me,
collapsed on top of Scafell Pike.
Throbbing, blistered feet
not relishing the downward hike.

Who is this?
It is me,
white-water rafting,
grafting hard to keep control
through satan’s cesspit’s spume-filled hole.

Who is this?
It is me,
Sky Tower leaning,
leaping from a thousand feet
into oblivion beneath.

Who is this?
It is me,
raising money for charity.
Twenty-five miles on the Devon HACK,
helping NSPCC.

Who is this?
It is me
but according to the OED
my picture’s not a “selfie”
when snapped by someone else, not me,
‘cos I’m a luddite with a phone
that doesn’t do photography.

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18th November 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “’Selfie’ named by Oxford Dictionaries as word of 2013”The word has evolved from a niche social media tag into a mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph.  Research suggested its frequency in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the last year.  Selfie is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”.  It can be traced back to 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum.

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