Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy New Year! Australia had it first!

Australia doesn’t just head into the New Year (and every new day) when most of the world is still asleep (sixteen hours ahead of US east coast, eleven hours ahead of London, UK) but it seems we’re much faster to pick up on new words as well.

The social media buzzword ‘‘selfie’’ is likely to be included in the Oxford English Dictionary after being picked as the ‘‘word of the year’’ for 2013. The first recognised use of the term - shorthand for a self-portrait photograph - was in 2002 on an Australian online forum.

“Selfie” pipped ‘‘twerking’’, ‘‘showrooming’’, ‘‘binge watch’’, ‘‘bitcoin’’ and ‘‘bedroom tax’’, to the top prize. Previous winners include ‘‘chav’’, ‘‘credit crunch’’ and ‘‘omnishambles’’.

Helen Woodall

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