Short & Sweet
New words in the O.D.
Short & Sweet
Rob provides some amazing alliteration to launch us into another awesome year. Greetings from Rob Glasper, hoping you all enjoyed the festive season and are fit and raring to go for the New Year. Welcome to the first Memo of 2014, in which S & S again offers you a selection of significant or startling soupçons, including additions to the Oxford Dictionary … and eager anticipation surrounding the resurrection of a dead parrot.
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The Oxford Dictionaries have named their ‘word of the year’ for 2013. It can be traced back to an Australian web forum in 2002. Usage has increased 17,000% since 2012, popularised by dignitaries such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Cheryl Cole and Justin Bieber. Yes folks it’s … ‘selfie’, a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Meticulous S & S research has uncovered the first use of ‘selfie’, attributed to a typical Antipodean in 2002: “Um drunk at a mate’s 21st, I tripped over 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 am sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.” Other additions include ‘bedroom tax’, ‘binge watch’ and even the infamous ’twerk’. My own suggestion is for a photograph taken of someone else using a smartphone or webcam. It could be labelled an ‘elsie’. Of course there are lots of variations on this theme and S & S has spared no expense in obtaining a splendid bottle of the red variety for the first emailer to identify the subjects that would be identified in a photograph of a ’onesie’, an ‘elfie’ and a ’whoopsie’! (send your guesses to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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