word of the year
It beat "representation," "self-made" and "backlash" for the annual title.
Gaslighting, incel, big dick energy and overtourism all made the shortlist.
2017 has been a year of speaking out about bad behavior, silence and inaction.
In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries (Oxford) selection for word of the year announced in October was a pictograph - officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji. Not to be outdone, in December Merriam Webster proclaimed that its word of the year for 2015, was the suffix - ism.
And the "word" isn't even a word.
Spoiler alert: women post selfies for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for validation that they're pretty or sexy or "dateable." Some post carefully staged images as evidence of the charmed life they lead -- or want commenters to think they do. Others are sharing a snapshot of a time when they feel particularly confident about themselves. Selfies are not inherently a cry for help. They also are not inherently empowering. So why not just let them -- and their takers -- be?
The beloved selfie. It just might be the most ubiquitous form of self-portraiture to ever grace the planet, let alone the
Oxford Dictionaries just announced that their Word of the Year for 2013 is selfie,which means "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."