Around the Web: Selfies, Lincoln, and the National Book Awards


Doris Lessing passed away. In memoriam, read her interview in The Paris Review.

Tuesday was the 150th Anniversary of the the Gettysburg Address, one of the great speeches of American history. NPR and the Smithsonian reflect.

Wednesday the National Book Awards were announced: James McBride’s The Good Word Bird won top honors. More details from The New Yorker.

Nother story? Lucy Ferris explores the word nother at the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca blog.

Also at the Lingua Franca blog: Umlauts and other diacritical marks.

Oxford University Press announced that their Word of the Year for 2013 is selfie. They noted that they wrote about this word first in 2012, and they claimed the first recorded usage of the term was in 2002 in reference to a photo of a busted lip on an Australian message board. (Here’s our take on selfie in case you missed it last week.)

Related: Lorien Kite investigates how long it takes to add a word to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Do you think selfie deserved to be Word of the Year? What other contestants should be considered? Stay tuned for Dictionary.com’s very own 2013 Word of the Year announcement!


  1. un-named madness -  January 20, 2015 - 12:48 pm

    third comment – better than first, i have to day ;) (not, just wish it was, lol)

  2. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 2, 2014 - 8:55 am

    Oh, I forgot – first comment! Yay! And second comment too.

  3. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 2, 2014 - 8:55 am

    No, “selfie” most definitely should not have been the word of the year. Selfies have been around ever since cameras small enough to fit in your hand were invented. It’s not even really a word. (And if it ever is made a “real word,” I hope Dictionary.com will add it to their spell checker!) Why make it the word of the year now? Although I have to admit, I might be taking a lot of selfies myself, since I got a digital camera for Christmas.

    Minecrafters forever!


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