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