Amidst all the buzz about the newly-coined “twerk” there’s one photography term that’s become the most popular new catchphrase of 2013: selfie.

Oxford Dictionaries added the term just earlier this year, after the rise in self portraits on social media sites created a reason to shorten “self portrait.” The dictionary officially defines selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploded to a social media website.”

According to the Oxford website, the use of the word selfie has increased by 17,000 percent in one year. The term was first coined in 2002 in Australia.

2013 is the second year in a row that a photography term has been selected for word of the year; last year, the honor went to Gif. The image file type beat out the economic term eurogeddon and the popular superstorm.

Original Source: Why “Selfie” is the Word of the Year

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