Feeds

From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

Oxford Dictionaries heralds 'runaway winner'

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

It's official: "Selfie" is Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year 2013, proving the "runaway winner" of the crown following its elevation back in August to Oxford Dictionaries Online.

Defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website", selfie's origins have so far been traced back to a September 2002 forum posting to Oz's ABC Online:*

Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer 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.

The Oxford Dictionaries decision was unanimous, with other shortlisted candidates including "twerk", "bitcoin" and "schmeat" (synthetically grown meat) unable to compete with the selfie.

Last year's winner was "omnishambles", which had more than a touch of flavour of the month about it and is likely doomed to linguistic oblivion unless it gets some net-friendly Antipodean syllabic liposuction, emerging from the operating theatre as "clustie". ®

Bootnote

*Yup, those of you who awake at night in a cold sweat, fearful that our beloved mother tongue is going to hell in a handcart can blame selfie on the Australians, and their penchant for the -ie suffix.

As Oxford Dictionaries notes, Lucky Country natives are seemingly capable of taking any noun and slapping -ie on the end, as witnessed by "barbie", "tinnie" and "Aussie", in the process reducing it to a handy two syllables.

The suffix -o is similarly fertile, yielding "arvo" (afternoon), "ambo" (paramedic, from "ambulance"), and "relo" (relative).

Examples gleaned by this hack Down Under include being informed I'd "have to do a blockie" (="drive round the block"), and "that's a lovely display of rhodos there mate", as one TV gardener exclaimed to another when admiring his magnificent rhododendrons.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
Microsoft to bring back beloved 1990s super-hit BATTLETOADS!?*
* Or maybe not. It is just a trademark filing, after all
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Fire fighters call for no-drone zone around bushfires
UAVs can take down water-spaffing 'copters, so firies want them to butt out
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.