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19/11/2013 02:02 GMT | Updated 19/11/2013 04:50 GMT

'Selfie' Declared Word Of The Year 2013 Beating 'Twerk', 'Binge-Watch' And 'Showrooming'

Have you ever taken a selfie of yourself twerking in between binge-watching 'Breaking Bad' and showrooming on Amazon?

If so then linguistically, you are at the cutting edge of everything that's cool - or whatever word replaced 'cool' this year.

'Selfie' has been chosen as the word of 2013.

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The year's most famous selfie

It is in the frame after beating other terms such as the almost as equally ubiquitous 'twerk', 'binge-watch' and 'showrooming'.

The selfie - a self-picture - has grown in popularity over recent months as millions of people, including celebrities and even the Pope, have posted them online.

One of the most famous selfies this year was the Pope posing with teenagers at the Vatican. The picture went viral on social media and was widely speculated as being the first ever "Papal selfie".

An eye-brow raising selfie was taken by Samantha Cameron's sister on the morning of her wedding day, revealing David Cameron napping on a four-poster bed in the background.

And selfies hit the headlines this week when a woman from Plymouth claimed that a burglar had broken into her flat and taken a selfie on her phone. The woman subsequently realised she had invited the man in for coffee.

There's also the slightly more dubious 'funeral selfie'.

Oxford Dictionaries said the earliest known usage is an Australian online forum post from 2002: "Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie."

A number of spin-off terms are also in circulation, such as helfie (a picture of someone's hair), belfie (a picture of someone's behind), welfie (a picture of someone working out) and drelfie (a drunken selfie).

Judy Pearsall, editorial director for Oxford Dictionaries, said: "Using the Oxford Dictionaries language research programme, we can see a phenomenal upward trend in the use of selfie in 2013, and this helped to cement its selection as Word of the Year."

She added: "Social media sites helped to popularise the term, with the hashtag #selfie appearing on the photo-sharing website Flickr as early as 2004, but usage wasn't widespread until around 2012, when selfie was being used commonly in mainstream media sources."

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.

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.

The shortlist for Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 included binge-watch (to watch multiple episodes of a television programme in rapid succession), showrooming (the practice of examining a product at a shop before buying it online at a lower price) and twerk (dancing in a sexually provocative manner by thrusting hip movements and adopting a low, squatting stance).

1. The funeral selfie.

Here's a guide to selfie etiquette...

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It's really too bad all her makeup got cried off, because the whole point of funerals is to take the attention away from the deceased person and focus on how you look. For more people who feel compelled to take pictures of themselves at services for deceased friends or family members, check out the "Selfies at Funerals" Tumblr.

2. The driving selfie.

What's worse? Taking a selfie while driving or texting while driving? Hahaha...you're probably gonna die.

3. Or tempting fate even further with the selfie in front of someone else's car accident.

Hahaha, that could have been you!

4. The selfie that shows your teacher having contractions.

When this guy saw his teacher going into labor, he had the presence of mind to hop up and get help take a selfie.

5. The bloody selfie.

Kevin Rudd, an Australian politician, is no stranger to selfies. Seriously though, did we need to know that you suck at shaving?

6. The hallowed ground selfie.

Get it? This guy is at the site of the world's worst radioactive disaster, where an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caused a chemical fire that burned for more than ten days. A quarter of a million people lost their homes, thousands ultimately died and countless Ukrainians are still feeling residual health effects of the massive meltdown.

7. The selfie in front of a homeless person.

Because nothing says you appreciate your privileged life like taking a picture in front of someone sleeping on the ground. He even threw up the deuces...

8. The "look at this guy in the bathroom" selfie.

We were gonna complain about how privacy has been completely destroyed by the selfie, but this is just hilarious.

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