Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Twerk or Selfie?
When Mrs. Le asked us, "Twerk or Selfie, which word do you think is the word of the year?" we all assumed "Twerk" would have been the chosen word. We assumed "Twerk" most likely because of the rise in popularity of "Twerking" - dancing in a sexual manner, on social media such as; Vine, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, the majority of "Twerkers" were in the teen-aged generation. Surprisingly "Selfie" was the official word of the year chosen by Oxford Dictionaries. Both words have "gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world in 2013..." But "Selfie" - a self portrait usually on a smartphone or webcam - was selected word of the year on Tuesday by the Oxford Dictionaries, based on a 17,000 percent rise in its usage from a year ago (Reuters, 2013). "Selfie" beat a number of other buzzwords of 2013, including "twerk" referring to dancing in a sexual manner which was popularized by singer Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards last August (Reuters, 2013). As I am reading articles based on the chosen "Word of the Year," I've come across some words that are spinoffs of "Selfie" such as; "helfie" for a picture taken of someone's own hair, "belfie" for taking a picture of your own posterior and "drelfie" for a self portrait while in a drunken state (Reuters, 2013). These spinoff words seem rather ridiculous to me and makes me wonder who came up with them, why did "Selfie" and "Twerk" stick in our generation and make sense to us...and what's next? Which word will be next in the English Language and make sense to us, but seem weird to someone outside of our generation?
Posted by Riley Wilson at 6:49 AM