Oxford Dictionaries announced its international Word of the Year on November 19:
The origin of selfie has been traced to an Australian online forum in 2002, and apparently there are spinoffs like helfie (a selfie of your hair) and welfie (a workout selfie). Good grief. I had no idea.
The shortlist for word of the year includes bedroom tax, binge-watch, bitcoin, olinguito, schmeat, showrooming, and (unfortunately) twerk. I’ve only heard a couple of these myself. Visit the site to learn their meanings if they unfamiliar to you too.
Andersen Library provides access to the OED (Oxford English Dictionary), and if you’re interested in building your vocabulary, you can visit the database to set up an RSS feed of the Word of the Day! Or, follow OED on Twitter.