#GrammarTrivia: “Selfie”

Oxford Dictionaries website have been awarding Word of the Year for sometime now. In 2013, the award goes to the word “Selfie“.

According to Oxford Dictionary, “selfie” was not a new word at all. They found that it existed since 2002 from a post in an Australian online forum. So the sentence, in the 2002 ABC Online (forum posting) 13 September, goes like this:

“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”

The word “selfie” was at first also found as “selfy” yet it was said “selfie” was much more used and quoting from Oxford Dictionaries, “become the accepted spelling of the word”.

The suffix -ie was also thought to have come from the Australian English use of shortening words such as barbecue = barbie, firefighter = firie and so on. With its pronunciation /ˈselfē/ (sel-fee) and also known as “selfy”.

Yes, in 2013 great names like Obama, Cameron and even Pope Francis took a selfie.

In the Oxford Dictionaries, “selfie” is a noun with meaning: “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”


Here’s the most popular definition of “selfie” word according to Urban Dictionary.




I can’t imagine what Rembrandt, one most “selfie” artist ever, would say about the word “selfie” :)


I guess it’s fair that “selfie” got the Word of the Year 2013 :)



Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, December 21, 2013







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