#GrammarTrivia: “Selfie”

It’s almost Christmas, fellas! :D Anyone on their holiday yet? Or still bugged by the assignments?

@agnesjefri: Assignment,Hell yeah!” XD Couldn’t agree more even though it’s my uni holiday :D

Fellas, pernah dengar kata “Selfie”? Has anyone heard of the word “Selfie”? 

Yes, but the right word would be narcissism :) “@wibowoarry: It’s related to narcism, right?”

@danew26: pernah, kalau ada org foto narsis”

@meilindadyah: Selfie has same meaning with selca? *self camera” Self camera? I never heard it’s named that too

@zamarzamar: Yes, our president did this” He did?? :O With who?

@ULyLy: Yes Ofcourse! Like what SBY did with PM Malaysia” Oh I see

@Djachsan: for sure i have. It means taking pic by yourself. FYI min, it becomes OXFORD’s WORD OF THE YEAR” :D Yes it is!

Oxford Dictionaries website have been awarding Word of the Year for sometime now, this year it goes to the word “Selfie”

According to them, “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 #GrammarTrivia part is this: 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

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.”

With its pronunciation /ˈselfē/ (sel-fee) and also known as “selfy”

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

Seems some of you have been sharing some facts too, I will share them now :)

Fella @Adhy_Asyix stated “Selfie » Self Photography”

Fella @anggraenidevi stated “selfie” is “Self taken photo”

Fella @ayuenda_ thinks “selfie is a narcissism expression”

Yes it is connected to it “@FitriantiNita: its seems like narcissistic, maybe -,- ”

This is a nice one :) fella @_otit thinks “is short of SELF pIcturE”

@ikrommy: the most popular definition of “selfie” word according to Urban Dictionary.


Oh I see.. “@_nomoredream: selca is more likely used in korean XD”

@ikabdastin: Selfie is same with selca (self camera) if u haven’t heard selca maybe.. ”

@ikabdastin: cz it’s usually used in kpop drama/variety”

@LokitaCitra: most of AsianPop fangirl or specifically K-pop/Jpop fans use the word Selca instead of Selfie :D”

Yes definitely this :) “@bagoessprasetyo: Selfie is “Self Potrait.””

Personally I do, it is an interesting way of explaining it @ayuenda_

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 :) What do fellas think?

@ayuenda_: I’m with you :)

@SS_rafly: Indeed (y)

Thank you for your participation fellas :) I hope you enjoyed this session & wish you the best of luck on your assignments!

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




Images : @ikrommy and google.com compilation from keywords: Rembrandt self-portraits

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