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The Word of The Year for 2013 is All About You...

Nov 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM Chime in now

2013 was the year of the Selfie (according to Oxford Dictionary). Sorry, twerkin

Via Instagram/lennykravitz

It turns out 2013, was the year of "us" -- at least that's what the folks at Oxford Dictionary think. According to the literary giant, the "it" word that defined the past year was "selfie."

According to the company's website, the decision to crown the word the "winner" of this year's competition was unanimous, and though other words were considered, the phrase that describes "a photo of oneself" was a runaway hit.

In fact, use of the term has risen some 17,000 per cent in the past 12 months (that includes mentions on social media sites as well as in the media). That's a shocking stat when you consider "selfie" was first used in 2002 on an Australian online forum post.

The ABC Online posting said: "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."

Other words up for this years title included Twerk (thanks, Miley), bedroom tax (opponents' term for a British welfare policy change), binge-watch (watching multiple television episodes in succession), bitcoin (a digital currency), olinguito (South American mammal), schmeat (synthetic meat) and showrooming (looking at items in shops then buying online).

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