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'Selfie’ is now officially in the dictionary

Our favourite word of 2014 is now in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

By Nalisa Alia Amin | Published: 21 May 2014

Selfie is now a word
Photo: The most retweeted selfie on Twitter/Ellen Degeneres

Last year, it became the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. This year, the Gen-Y vernacular has earned its place in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
 
Merriam-Webster defines selfie as "an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks." Joining the word 'selfie' are over 150 other new words and definitions that have been inducted into the Merriam-Webster for its revised 2014 edition. The 150 new words are by and large related to social media tech lingo, including 'crowdfunding', 'tweep', 'unfriend', 'brb' and 'catfish.'

With a hit song by The Chainsmokers and everyday usage across the smartphone-owning world, it's no surprise that the word has been inserted in the dictionary. To celebrate this, let us take a #selfie. 


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