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'Selfie' named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Miley Cyrus in one of her many "selfies" dressed up for Halloween as rapper Lil' Kim. Photo: Miley Cyrus

Are you ready for your close up? "Selfie" has emerged as the word of 2013, according to Oxford Dictionaries.

The word beat other ubiquitous terms like "twerk" and "binge-watching" as well as the lesser known "showrooming" - a verb which means browsing brick and mortar stores in order to buy them cheaper online.

Self-taken snaps - or "selfie" - have littered social media sites over the last year, with stars like Rihanna and Beyonce allegedly having an "instassistant" to take and post flattering self-portraits online.

Even the Pope has a selfie. This snap was taken inside the Vatican with young people from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio Credit: Fabio M. Ragona

One of the most famous selfies this year was the Pope posing with teenagers at the Vatican.

The picture went viral on social media and was widely speculated as being the first ever "Papal selfie".

Celebrity selfies have been doing the rounds for a while - one Miley Cyrus selfie which caused a stir was the snap in her Halloween costume for this year.

She went as rapper Lil Kim in the infamous purple jumpsuit she wore to the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

Judy Pearsall, editorial director for Oxford Dictionaries, explained:

Using the Oxford Dictionaries language research programme, we can see a phenomenal upward trend in the use of selfie in 2013, and this helped to cement its selection as Word of the Year.

"Social media sites helped to popularise the term, with the hashtag #selfie appearing on the photo-sharing website Flickr as early as 2004, but usage wasn't widespread until around 2012, when selfie was being used commonly in mainstream media sources."

– Editorial director for Oxford Dictionaries Judy Pearsall

Oxford Dictionaries believe the earliest known usage was posted online in an Australian forum 11 years ago:

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."

– First recorded use of the word "selfie"

A number of spin-off terms are also in circulation, such as helfie (a picture of someone's hair), belfie (a picture of someone's behind), welfie (a picture of someone working out) and drelfie (a drunken selfie).

Selfie has not yet been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, although it is being considered for future inclusion.

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