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What the heck is a selfie?

3 years ago

1 expert and 5 parents have answered

Chanda Gohrani admin
Chanda Gohrani Social media manager of Quib.ly London, GB

What could have beaten twerking and Bitcoins from being the Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year. What else but selfie? - It’s tough to lose when the Pope is with you.

Selfie is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website’. Of course there’s already a lot of plays on this word - welfie (workout selfie), drelfie (drunken selfie), and even, bookshelfie (shelfie in front of your bookshelves).

It’s not a new word though, according to English expert Carol van Wijnen, ‘It’s actually older than we think, people taking photos of themselves goes back to the 1900s.’

Or further back… 17th century Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon had mastered the duck face.

‘To qualify in the Oxford Dictionaries contest a word need not be new, but does need to have become prominent or notable in the last 12 months,’ added Carol. According to Oxford research, the use of the word selfie has increased by 17,000% since this time last year, so obviously it qualified and won!

Although I have NEVER posted a selfie ever (and they call me a social media manager! Sigh!) I do have my favourite selfies (like this) and (these) Not sure about this.

Do you think Selfie deserves the honour it’s got. (Last year’s word was GIF) I would love to hear your comments/answers.

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Fact 3 years ago
Matthew Day
Matthew Day A geek London, GB

I'd say if it's not taken at arm's length with a phone camera, then it's not a proper selfie. Is a posed, timer shot a selfie? I'd say not, it's too good to be.

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Linda Breneman expert
Linda Breneman Managing Ed., Pixelkin.org Seattle, US
Gaming expert

Yes, "selfie" deserves the honor (and the honour :-)) I like selfies, because people can get pretty creative and have fun with them. Now some people are even taking selfies in games. You can make 3D selfies with the Kinect! Selfies are also a big part of the cool new kid-friendly game Tearaway. Here's a story about selfies in games.

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Experience 3 years ago
Robert Sharp
Robert Sharp Free speech London, GB

A while back I wrote this short essay: The Darker Side of Selfies. The news media are increasingly pilfering selfies from Facebook to illustrate tragic young deaths. There is something sad about the idea that your 'death mask' is actually a self-portrait.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Олег Кияшко
Олег Кияшко Don't mind my display name >.< Kyiv, Ukraine

It is a very tough question to answer correctly. In my environment of manga drawers, it means "self-portrait" or "self-model", where the artist draws or makes a 3D model of himself.

In social networking, it is used for the avatar that represents you in the virtual world.

But from the language point of view, it is the diminutive form for the word "self" - yes, yourself, YOU!!! Just like "cuppy cakie" for cupcake etc.

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Fact 3 years ago
Anonymous
Anonymous

selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

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Opinion 3 years ago

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