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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 19, 2013 AT 23:49 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 19, 2013 23:49 IST

 

Selfie

A picture can paint a thousand words, indeed. It was unanimous, this year, says the oxforddictionaries.com

...with little if any argument. This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start. Other words were considered, as you will see from our shortlist, but selfie was the runaway winner. It’s not a new word. For starters, it has already been included in Oxford Dictionaries Online (although not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary), and we wrote about it as part of our occasional Words on the Radar series back in June 2012. But our Word of the Year need not be a new word. However, it does need to demonstrate some kind of prominence over the preceding year or so and selfie certainly fits the bill. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or The Pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.

selfie
(also selfy)
Syllabification: (sel·fie)
noun (plural selfies)
informal
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:
occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary

Origin:
early 21st century: from self + -ie

Other words that were considered this year but lost out to the winner included:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 19, 2013 AT 23:49 IST, Edited At: Nov 19, 2013 23:49 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 13, 2012 AT 21:41 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 13, 2012 21:41 IST

So it is official now. The word of the year for Oxford Dictionaries UK is Omnishambles, while their USA counterparts have chosen Gif as their word of the year. 

  • omnishambles, noun, informal: a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations

Originally used in the British political comedy television series The Thick of It, omnishambles has gained momentum throughout 2012 as a word used to describe a comprehensively mismanaged situation, characterized by a shambolic string of blunders, said the press release by the Oxford dictionaries.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 13, 2012 AT 21:41 IST, Edited At: Nov 13, 2012 21:41 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 02, 2011 AT 23:07 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 02, 2011 23:07 IST

While young Indian kids are forever winning those Spelling Bee competitions in the USA, we are not sure how their counterparts in India or much older countrymen fare when it comes to every-day words. In Britain, the results of a recent study are interesting, as reported by the Telegraph which quotes a spokesman for market research company www.OnePoll.com, which carried out a study of 3,500 Britons as saying: 

''There seem to be some words which we always struggle to get down onto paper, and 'separate' is one of those which eludes us.

''A common mistake many make is writing a word the way it sounds which leaves us muddling up one letter with another and getting it wrong.

''Fortunately, computers' spell-check corrects wrongly spelt words for us, but that means we become lazy and never learn the correct spelling.

''There's no excuse not to learn how words are formed - it's drilled into us from such a young age and if the words are frequently used we should make a conscious effort to get it right next time.

''The fact we judge other people's intelligence by their written word, yet don't like to be judged ourselves, means we should all pick up a dictionary once in a while.''

Top 20 misspelt words:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 02, 2011 AT 23:07 IST, Edited At: Dec 02, 2011 23:07 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 25, 2011 AT 12:20 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 25, 2011 12:20 IST

There is news from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED): it has revised more than 1,900 entries and added new words including those that you would have thought already existerd in the dictionary:

  • couch surf, v.
  • couch surfer, n.
  • couch surfing, n.
  • cream crackered, adj.
  • ego-surf, v.
  • ego-surfing, n.
  • headline, v.
  • headlined, adj.
  • headlining, adj.
  • hentai, n.
  • Hindutva, n.
  • la-la land, n.
  • lari, n.
  • LOL, n.1
  • LOL, int. and n.2
  • OMG, int., (n.), and adj.
  • roustabouting, n.
  • routed, adj.2
  • router, n.6
  • rub-a-dub, v.1
  • rubber-banded, adj.
  • wassup, int.

The list includes:

a number of noteworthy initialisms—abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression. Some of these—such as OMG  [OMG int. (and n.) and adj.]: ‘Oh my God’ (or sometimes ‘gosh’, ‘goodness’, etc.) and LOL  [LOL int. and n./2]: ‘laughing out loud’—are strongly associated with the language of electronic communications (email, texting, social networks, blogs, and so on). They join other entries of this sort: IMHO (‘in my humble opinion’) [IMHO at I n./1], TMI (‘too much information’)  [TMI at T n.], and BFF (‘best friends forever’) [BFF at B n.], among others....

And lest you thought that OMG was as recent as Friends or e-mail, if not Twitter there is useful gloss:

As such usage indicates, many people would consider these recent coinages, from the last 10 or 20 years, and associate them with a younger generation conversant with all forms of digital communications. As is often the case, OED’s research has revealed some unexpected historical  perspectives: our first quotation for OMG is from a personal letter from 1917; the letters LOL had a previous life, starting in 1960, denoting an elderly woman (or ‘little old lady’; see LOL n./1); and the entry for FYI  [FYI phr., adj., and n.], for example, shows it originated in the language of memoranda in 1941.

This is just a rushed post, and clearly spending a lot more time at the OED seems to be in order. For example:

Other colourful slang and colloquial terms entering the dictionary in this update include cream-crackered adj. (rhyming slang for ‘knackered’, that is exhuasted); smack talk n. (boastful or insulting banter); fnarr fnarr int. and adj (a representation of a lecherous snigger popularized in the comic magazine Viz and used adjectivally to denote crude sexual innuendo); pap n. 5 and v.3, shortenings of paparazzo; dot-bomb n. (a failed internet company); and couch surfing  n. (the practice of spending the night on other people’s couches in lieu of permanent housing).

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 25, 2011 AT 12:20 IST, Edited At: Mar 25, 2011 12:20 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 11, 2010 AT 22:33 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 11, 2010 22:33 IST
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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 11, 2010 AT 22:33 IST, Edited At: Aug 11, 2010 22:33 IST
     
 
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