Selfie is now a real word
Selfie is now a real word Actor Jon Hamm, from AMCs Mad Men takes a selfie with his wax figure of himself at Madame Tussauds museum in New York
Selfie is now a real word
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Did you know that the dictionary is growing? Even selfie is included now.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition has added 150 words. Many come from digital life and social media. Spoiler alert, hashtag, selfie and tweep are included. Others are food driven, including pho and turducken. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup. Turducken is a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey.

How are new words chosen for the dictionary? Merriam-Webster relies on a group of observers. They track down word usage in everything from newspapers to soup can labels. Three or four senior editors make the final cut.

Selfie, that thing with the smartphone that Ellen DeGeneres did at the Academy Awards, has now spawned shelfies. Those are photos people put up on social media to show off their books and how they have arranged them.

And we now have stealthies, those sneaky little phone pictures masquerading as selfies. That's when the taker actually snaps what's behind him or her instead.

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  • lfserin-Cla
    5/21/2014 - 06:00 p.m.

    I knew that selfie is a word. If you ask any 4 grader they will know what a selfie is. Heck my moms first graders probably know what a selfie is. It is true!

  • AbbyP1-Gar
    5/22/2014 - 01:06 p.m.

    That is crazy 150 new words at first i did not even now that Selie was a word until somebody said it

  • hannah122503
    5/29/2014 - 12:47 p.m.

    Omg people Have using that word often and singing the song ''First let me take a selfi.

  • jaycishoelover
    5/29/2014 - 01:10 p.m.

    yes! selifes are the world :-) i love selfies

  • sanwjoanna
    6/09/2014 - 04:52 p.m.

    This article is about that the word selfie is now in the dictionary. And also i have herd a song named selfie.are you surprised that selfie is now a word? Utill i read this now i know that selfie a is a word.

  • geshannah
    10/07/2014 - 11:55 a.m.

    I believe "selfie" should be in the dictionary. I believe it should be in the dictionary because we have been using it for like a year now.

  • GiovanniKing-Pet
    10/14/2014 - 01:12 p.m.

    I learned that "Merriam-Webster relies on a group of observers. They track down word usage in everything from newspapers to soup can labels."

  • stanleyt,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:05 a.m.

    The dictionary are getting more modern and more "new age"

  • carrb,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    The article that I read tells me that the word selfie is very also shows me how celebrities are using the word

  • harrisonc,-mit
    9/21/2015 - 10:07 a.m.

    A dictionary is a book

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