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Go ahead, Take a Selfie. It's an Official Word Now.

May 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

We've all done it. You know...taken a selfie and posted it to your favorite social site. Facebook, Instagram, maybe Snapchat. This week, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary added selfie and 150 other new words to its print and online versions. So exactly what is a selfie? It's "an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks." It doesn't seem like the word has been around for long, but its first use goes way back to 2002!

Selfies have taken on some criticism in recent months. While many people consider the selfie to be self-indulged and too "I focused", others say a selfie is a medium to help people, especially young women, see their beauty and self-worth in a very honest and visible way. Regardless, it captures the moment. How do you see it?

Oh...for the other new words added to the Dictionary, check out the following URL: http://www.merriam-webster.com/new-words/2014-update.htm. I definitely learned a few things.


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