With “twerk” and other Internet clichés closed out, publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have unanimously voted–”with little if any argument,” according to the site–that “selfie” is the word of 2013.
According to the publishers, usage of “selfie” has grown 17,000% in frequency over the past 12 months. But where did “selfie” get its start? Word has it that the term was originally coined in Australia, not the U.S., when a hungover guy posted a pic of himself after he fell down a set of stairs:
“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.”
And the ground was forever shaken, the sky split.
The term has spawned an offshoot of similar, more-specific forms of the selfie, such as “helfie” (a picture of one’s hair), “welfie” (a workout selfie), and “drelfie” (a drunk selfie).
From everyone at Men’s Fitness, congratulations, “selfie.” We look forward to a long and productive relationship.