Swamp Talk: The Word of the Year

By Ben Paikowsky

Each year, Oxford Dictionaries announces a word of the year. They choose the word based on pop culture and what people seem to be talking about most. This year’s word is one often heard (and seen in action) on the University of Florida’s campus and in the Gainesville community.

The word: selfie.

The online version of Oxford Dictionaries defines selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

According to research done by Oxford, the use of the word has increased by 17,000 percent in the past year.

Oxford has not decided if the word will be added to its official dictionary. The online dictionary and the print copy have different qualifications for entry.

Other words that were considered for this year were twerk and binge-watching.

Last year’s word was GIF.

Check out this Buzzfeed article on the Most Important Selfies of All Time.

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