Word of the Year for 2013

The Oxford Dictionaries picked their Word of the Year for 2013 to be (drum-roll) “selfie”. Selfie is a noun and its definition is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”. Who came up with the word? Well, it’s unclear but one of the first known uses of the word was in 2002 in a post on an Australian Internet site.

A couple of the the runner-up words were “binge-watch”, where you watch multiple episodes of a show one after another in one sitting, and “schmeat”, which is man-made meat. You can watch a video here.

Did you know?

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” This is a commonly used quote. It means that a complicated idea can be explained by an image.

Did you know?

In August this year, scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands presented the world’s first lab grown burger. The meat used in the burger was made up of cells grown in a laboratory.

Image Credits: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/ for selfie’s image
Sources: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com, http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com