Monthly Archives: November 2013

“Selfie” Has Been Named As New English Word Of 2013

imageAccording to Judy Pearsall, chief editor of the Oxford dictionaries, “selfie” was first used in 2002 in Australia. ‘Hopey’ posted a photo of himself on September 13, 2002 with the text:

Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer (sic) 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 term became popular throughout the English-speaking world during 2013. The use of the word “selfie” increased 17,000%. A search on photo sharing app Instagram retrieves over 23 million photos uploaded with the hashtag #selfie, and a whopping 51 million with the hashtag #me.

The Oxford dictionary defines “selfie” as: “photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

There are several kinds of selfies: Helfie (a picture of one’s hair), Belfie (a picture of one’s posterior), Welfie (a workout selfie), and Drelfie (a drunken selfie)

According to publisher Katherine Martin, the term “selfie” is a typical Australian word pun similar to “barbie” for barbecue, “firie” for firefighter and “tinnie” for a tin of beer.

Other words that made the shortlist:

  • Twerk – a raunchy dance move to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance
  • Showrooming – to check out merchandise in shops and then order online for a lower price
  • Binge-watching – watching a marathon of episodes of a TV
  • Schmeat – a form of meat synthetically produced from biological tissue
  • Bitcoin – a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank

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The American Psycho Typo

American Psycho” is an iconic movie released in 2000 about a Wall Street serial killer.  In one scene, three executives are comparing their business cards. What was overlooked by almost everyone was the typo in the word “acquisitions”. In all three business cards, the word is missing the c.

Just watch the clip:

It’s one of those mistakes that viewers wonder how they could have missed it. Well, despite the best efforts of writers, proofreaders and editors, those little Gremlins slip through.

In this case, the oversight is minor. In case of Empire Magazine, that was a different story. The film magazine published an interview with Michael Fassbender, the popular German-Irish actor. During layout, an embarrassing mistake popped up. The F disappeared from view, resulting in misspelling Michael’s family name as “Assbender”.

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