What do you think of the Oxford English Dictionary’s choice of “selfie” as Word of the Year for 2013?
I’m not mad about the word itself, although that’s probably an age/generational thing. In my young day (indeed, in most people’s young day) the technology for selfies wasn’t available: you took a photo of yourself, alone or with our friends, in a photo booth. And that was that. You couldn’t post the photo online or publicise it.
Here’s my choice of word of the year, in honour of 50 years of Dr. Who: TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), used as a term to describe a building that looks small on the outside but is, or looks, much bigger once you’re inside. Again, this might be a generational thing: I was a big Dr Who fan during the 1960s (and had nightmares about the Daleks). So now it comes naturally to me to use TARDIS in that way.
One TARDIS-like building that comes to mind is the Maggie’s Centre at Glasgow’s Western Infirmary, by Page/Park architects. Quite an amazing building, I think.
What do you think of the OED’s choice of “selfie”? What would you have chosen?
PS: If you really want to know, the TARDIS onesie is available from RED5.
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By Marian Dougan