Re: POTUS Selfies with Friends at Mandela Memorial
posted at 12/11/2013 8:39 AM EST
In response to andiejen's comment:
In response to yogafriend's comment:
Prize? The OED gets the prize.
'Selfie' is OED's word of the year. The OED, as the unsurpassed authority on the English language, trumps all else. ;)
That, of course, can't guarantee, that the word is used correctly, so tell that to the media, since the media reported the pic in question as a 'selfie'; no one here can take credit for what the media started.
PS The word of the year was the topic of an editorial in the Globe today.
I did not know that the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) had declared its word of the year, much less that it was "selfie".
As you say, they are the unsurpassed authority...trumping all others.
I also never would have guessed "selfie" in a million years.
Will check out that editorial you pointed out. Thanks.
Below is the Globe Editorial. (BTW if you Goggle search the headline you can get Boston Globe content for free, but then you need to clear cookies.)
The popular trend in internet posted funeral selfies on twitter, instagram and facebook has had numerous articles calling out the act as immature, narcissistic to deplorable to say the least. A recent, pre-Mandela memorial world leader selfie, Globe blog condemned the practice and by chance the Globe had an editorial concerning the Selfie today catching up with the OED word of the year announced mid November. Interesting given all the controversy about the world leader selfie, there was silence.
The funeral selfie is simply outrageous. It is not about respect for the person who has died. As the term implies, it’s all about the self, the person shooting their own picture, and that is the antithesis of the purpose for attending a funeral or expressing one’s condolences. The title of the Huffington Post blog was right on: the funeral selfie is one selfie you absolutely positively should never take.
‘Selfie’ as word of the year: Look at me, OED!
DECEMBER 10, 2013
Cameras have always been used for self-portraits, but it took the smartphone revolution — especially Apple’s addition of a front-facing camera to the iPhone 4 in 2010 — to make the “selfie” ubiquitous. The perfect blend of narcissism and social media, selfies have been taken and shared with the world by everyone from Hillary Clinton to Kim Kardashian. Curiosity, NASA’s Mars rover, beamed back a few selfies from its Gale Crater landing site. Even Pope Francis posed this summer for a selfie taken in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Selfies have made news, too, and usually not the good kind. Anthony Weiner sank his political career with selfies. A notorious Rolling Stone magazine cover in August featured a selfie of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who faces terrorism charges in the Boston Marathon bombing .
So when Oxford University Press, publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, pronounced “selfie” its word of the year for 2013, it was only acknowledging the inevitable. Lexicographers record the language as it is, however self-centered, obnoxious, or faddish the phenomena it describes. Besides, Oxford’s choice could have been worse: Among the terms “selfie” beat was “twerk.”