This news makes me so, so heartbroken. Apparently "selfie" is 2013's word of the year, according to the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, beating out "twerk," the runner-up, "schmeat," and "bitcoin." Yes, this year, the words vying for this oh so coveted title were "selfie" and "twerk." How much more terrifying can it get?
"It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet," Oxford Dictionaries said on its blog. "If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year."
As a self-proclaimed word nerd, this truly hurts the inner workings of my soul. I can't think of an exercise in vanity and egomania more annoying or frustrating than the selfie. OED claims the use of the selfie has risen 17,000 percent in frequency over the past 12 months. One cursory glance through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever, and you can see how this is most definitely the case.