Selfie; A Noun

Nov 19 2013 @ 5:45pm

The Oxford Dictionaries have made it their neologism of the year. Defined as:

a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

Its usage has increased 17,000 percent in the last twelve months. Did you know it came from Down Under?

Oxford Dictionaries revealed this week the earliest known usage is from a 2002 online ABC forum post. The next recorded usage is also from Australia with the term appearing on a personal blog in 2003. “It seems likely that it may have originated in the Australian context,” dictionary editor Katherine Martin said. “The earliest evidence that we know of at the moment is Australian and it fits in with a tendency in Australian English to make cute, slangy words with that ‘ie’ ending.”

And yes, said Aussie was shit-faced at the time:

Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.

Wait, there’s more:

It has since produced an array of spinoffs, including helfie (hairstyle self), belfie (bum selfie), welfie (workout selfie), drelfie (drunken selfie), and even bookshelfie – a snap taken for the purposes of literary self-promotion.