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Friday 18 April 2014

Do you know what a 'selfie' is?

We put six Irish people to the test - do you know the words of the year according to Oxford dictionary?

With 'selfie' being declared the word of the year by the most distinguished vocabulary collection in the world, we took to the streets of Dublin to find out just how common it is.

Miley Cyrus made 'twerking' a commonly used word overnight at her controversial performance at the MTV VMAs; but do you know what showrooming is? Or binge-watching?

Oxford does.

The earliest known selfie is 2002, found in an Australian online post but has since dramatically increased in popularity thanks to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year, according to research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors.

This figure is calculated by Oxford Dictionaries using a research programme which collects around 150 million English words currently in use from around the web each month.

If we looked this good without makeup, we'd want the world to know too!
If we looked this good without makeup, we'd want the world to know too!

This software can be used to track the emergence of new words and monitor changes in geography, register, and frequency of use.

Selfie has not yet been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, although it is being considered for future inclusion.

Meanwhile, thanks to Netflix, boxsets and a 'keeping up with the jones' mentality approach to modern life, the most talked about tv shows are the most watched shows on your iPhone, iPad, laptop and an old fashion tv set.

As for show-rooming, with online shopping monopolising foot traffic in 'real' retail stores, many are trying before they buy...but not from the same store.

Additional reporting by Press Association

 

 

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