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Selfie is Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year

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Thanks to the millions of Selfies posted on social media on a daily basis, it is now the word of the year.

Selfie – “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”, has been announced as the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries editors.

They state this is because the frequency of its usage increased by 17,000% over the past 1 year.

According to Judy Pearsall, Editorial Director, “Using the Oxford Dictionaries language research programme, which collects around 150 million words of current English in use each month, we can see a phenomenal upward trend in the use of selfie in 2013, and this helped to cement its selection.”

The word has produced an array of spinoffs, including helfie (hairstyle self), belfie (bum selfie), welfie (workout selfie), drelfie (drunken selfie), and bookshelfie – a snap taken for the purposes of literary self-promotion.

Words also making this year’s shortlist are;

  • bedroom tax
  • binge-watch (is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show) bitcoin (a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank)
  • twerk (dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance)

So keep taking a selfie.

33 Comments

  1. tito 14

    November 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    oga ju ,too much

  2. Bide

    November 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Lmao..Bellanaija,why did u guys use that killz’s picture,*covers face8

  3. naana

    November 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    ikechwuku will not make me sin. never

  4. Bella Lover.

    November 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    You ladies her STUPID! It is not how big that matters, but how far! How long can he last?

    • Cutie

      November 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Please say it AGAIN and AGAIN! som jst DONT know!

    • Person

      November 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Don’t agree with the stupid part, but your question is pertinent! How long can Mr. Ikechukwu last? 😉 That is the question.

    • Bide

      November 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      You’ve been noticed…*Milo Clap*

    • Autoprincess

      November 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

      It is also not how long o, it how well! If someone dey do the ‘task’ for long time, and him no dey reach the important corner and crevices, that one too na wahala to na, abi? At least, the picture above indicates that all crevices and touch-points will be ‘touched’. lolllll

      BN: No delete my comment.

    • aja

      November 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

      True but if he is that big and can last long too then i don’t know if that is a blessing or a curse..either ways i can’t help but think wow when i saw the selfie..lol

    • Bella

      November 21, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I know… [email protected] WOW when I also saw the picture. Dang I had to do a double take!

  5. Vee

    November 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Omdz O_O whats under his towel??

  6. ib

    November 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    OMG!!!!covers face ikechwuku…Maka [email protected] I feel u,I can’t stop staring and imagining tinz*winking* lolz

  7. Cutie

    November 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    this one go kill Person biko! it will get to Ur Throat! Lol! i no want! ah ah!

    • Bide

      November 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Lmao..I feel u

  8. Vicky

    November 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I will run like crazy after he unwraps the towel,damn dude u are huge.we call it timberland in Ghana .

    • Que

      November 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Hahahahahaaaa i don’t even want to ask how d timbaland
      comparison came in….

  9. Victoria

    November 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I find it hilarious at the fact that all the comments are
    about the man’s penis and not the write up….. but seriously tho.
    that dude is too big. That one go give you bow-legs if u no get one
    already. Cheii!!!

  10. ify

    November 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    This na soft porn

  11. Boondocks

    November 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    wait…is that a bulge?! whooo!!!!!…….i think the temp
    just went up a notch (fanning myself)

  12. nahmeoh

    November 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    he he he. At least we know he’s long

  13. kikz

    November 21, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Wow!

  14. Jubilee

    November 21, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Show me a big Kini , and I will show you a woman who is tired of it. Sarah ofili walked away from it so my guess is its overrated

  15. Modella

    November 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I think this selfie word of a thing has been reported here before? Or is it just to cause confusion with this pic?

  16. Hurpeyeahmie

    November 21, 2013 at 8:13 am

    hmmmm waka pass kia kia

  17. C*Witty

    November 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

    WHooooooo BN whatrisdis o? not surprised sha, 95% slim tall men are always this huge. Ik, guy e nwere weight o. you just won urself a market strategy IK. SELFIE PICS INDEED.

  18. Aibee

    November 21, 2013 at 8:47 am

    On a different note from all the R18 comments here, please what exactly is a bedroom tax?

  19. Tiki

    November 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I’m sure the poor guy was only taking a picture of his chest…lol…

    • AW

      November 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Really???! I think he took one look at himself and said “I am just too hot and sexy that I even want myself” that’s the reason for the bulge *wink*

  20. Autoprincess

    November 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Ah BN: The accompanying picture is just mischievous on your part! Kai, this na o de be! Kill me make I die.

  21. larrypat

    November 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    lolzzzzzz,i cant help but laugh aloud in the office…….bella naija commentators always lighten up my mood.

  22. Tincan

    November 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    All you bad bad shildren! I didn’t even notice a thing…errr…out of place… till I got to the comments. Lol

  23. Tincan

    November 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Uhhh and to add, bedroom tax is sort of funny (or not) if you live in the UK. My hubby has defo binge-watched. I remember christmas of 2008 – we literally watched 24 for 24hrs, only stopping for food and bio-break. My goodness! And I hate the word twerk….everything it is and represents, I hate.

  24. U.B.I

    November 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    na real mischief on BN’s part,lmao

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