Well, you’ve done it, Internet. The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have unanimously — unanimously — selected “selfie” as 2013’s word of the year. A selfie is a self portrait posted online or on a social network. Taking a selfie involves about 17 different levels of narcissism.
Selfie beat out other terrible words for the honor, such as “twerk” and “bitcoin.” Publishing a photo of yourself and having strangers fill the hole in your soul where self-esteem should be has escalated so much in the past year that Oxford had no choice. According to experts, use of the word “selfie” has jumped by 17,000 percent since 2012.
“The decision was unanimous this year, with little if any argument,” explained the dictionary’s editors. “This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start.”
There you have it. Pat yourselves on the back, Internet nerds. Your constant need for approval has reshaped the dictionary.
See below for a list of other words that selfie beat.