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Hi there,
I just found this word in The Guardian newspaper:
'I'm not sure that Mandela would have taken a selfie at Obama's memorial if the positions had been reversed, but I'm fairly sure he would have seen the funny side of Obama posing at his.'
Does it stand for selfish? What does it mean? Thanks.
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  • Stoggler

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    UK English
    No, it's nothing to do with being selfish.

    A selfie is a photo someone takes of oneself (hence, selfie), usually using the phone on their mobile phone. These types of photos are everywhere on social media.

    The word was declared "Word of the Year" recently by the Oxford English Dictionary people - article on the BBC here
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    The discussion of the propriety or otherwise of 'themself' is off-topic in this thread.
    Posts on that topic will be moved to this previous thread, where people can add comments, if there is more to say.
    (Please remember to read that thread before adding to it.)

    Cagey, moderator.
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