Selfie: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”
The above definition, referring to one of the most popular hashtags among Instagram-using fashion bloggers and insiders, is officially a real word, according to Oxford Dictionaries Online. Srsly (another word that’s just been added. Yes, really.).
Selfies have become more mainstream than ever, what with Next launching a selfie model search, and Vogue putting out an official call for selfies with its September issue. And when Anna Wintour jumps on board with something, that instantly legitimizes it, right?
Selfie joins the Oxford Dictionaries Online (not to be confused with the more official publication, the Oxford English Dictionary) along with another word that’s gained a lot of mainstream attention recently: Twerk. Well timed to Miley Cyrus’s infamous VMA performance, in which she did more twerking in five minutes than I’ve seen in my life, Oxford defines the verb as “Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”
Maybe now that these are actual words, I’ll feel less embarrassed about doing them–though I think it’s a lot more likely that I’ll become a selfie-taker than a twerker.
What do you think about selfie-takers and twerkers having so much influence on the English language?