Me, Myself — and Selfie!

Lady Louise does not take selfies. She graciously allows others to photograph her!

A question on this week’s “Jeopardy! College Championship” led us to look up the history of a word that became the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2013 and sent many who love the English language into despair.

The word selfie is used around the world and is part of our daily vocabulary. We discovered that it was an Australian named Nathan Hope who first used the word in an online forum in 2002.

After celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday, Hope took a tumble down some steps and landed face first. The fall caused an injury requiring stitches in his lip. We didn’t know that eating birthday cake could lead to such pain! Or, maybe it was the punch that led to his tumble.

In an online forum, he discussed his stitches. When a friend ask what happened, Hope posted a photograph of his injured lip and wrote, ”  … sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”

It was the first written use of the word selfie. The rest is language history.



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