Photos: Celebrity selfies ('Selfie' is Word of Year)

Photos: Celebrity selfies ('Selfie' is Word of Year)

Tom Hanks takes a selfie with fellow actor Steve Martin at the 2013 Governors Awards. "Selfie" has been named the global word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. Click through the gallery to see other celebrities taking selfies.

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Posted on November 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 1:31 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Michelle Obama shared one with her "first dog" Bo, Hillary Clinton tweeted one with her daughter Chelsea. Now "selfie" -- the smartphone self-portrait -- has been declared word of the year for 2013 by Britain's Oxford University Press.

The publisher of the Oxford dictionaries says "selfie" saw a huge jump in usage in the past year, bursting from the confines of Instagram and Twitter to become mainstream shorthand for any self-taken photograph.

Oxford usually assigns a separate word of the year to the U.S. and to the U.K., but it said "selfie" captured the imagination on both sides of the Atlantic this year.

The term beat other buzzwords including "twerk," the sexually provocative dance move that got a huge boost in usage thanks to an attention-grabbing performance by pop star Miley Cyrus; "showrooming," the practice of visiting a shop to look at a product before buying it online at a lower price; and "Bitcoin," the digital currency that gained widespread media attention.

Also making the shortlist was "binge-watch," a verb that describes watching many episodes of a TV show in rapid succession.

 

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