Thursday 18 July 2019

'Take that U2!' Photobomb named word of the year

Best Oscars photo-bomb? Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 at the 86th Academy Awards
Best Oscars photo-bomb? Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 at the 86th Academy Awards

Photobomb, an action brought to the nation's consciousness by a host of famous figures from Jennifer Lawrence to the Queen, has been named the word of the year by Collins English Dictionary.

Other finalists in the tome's annual list include humblebrag, "a statement that purports to be self-effacing but in fact reveals a person's wealth or importance", and bakeoff, a term which took off in 2010 after the first series of The Great British Bake Off.

Jennifer Lawrence at the Hunger games premiere
Jennifer Lawrence at the Hunger games premiere

Further words include hangry, described as "irritable as a result of feeling hungry", Bridezilla, "a woman whose behaviour in planning her wedding is described as intolerable", and Tinder, the name of the popular dating app which matches users in their local area.

The first recorded use of the word photobomb was in 2008 as the subject of a Google search.

It went on to became widely used in 2012 when a number of amusing photographs went viral on the net, notably Lawrence making sure the focus of a picture of Taylor Swift at the Golden Globes was all on her, and Benedict Cumberbatch commandeering a photo of U2 at the Oscars.

And even the Queen got in on the action this summer when she appeared in the background of a snap taken at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Oscar-winner Jared Leto photo bombed presenter Anne Hathaway at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Oscar-winner Jared Leto photo bombed presenter Anne Hathaway at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Collins' Word of the Year contest coincides with today's launch of the new edition of Collins English Dictionary.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Anne Hathaway (L) and Jared Leto attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Anne Hathaway (L) and Jared Leto attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Bill Murray photobombs Selina Gomez
Bill Murray photobombs Selina Gomez

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