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The ‘selfie’ is ready for its close-up. On Monday evening, Oxford Dictionaries announced that the Internet-born noun is its international Word of the Year, beating out other of-the-moment verbs like binge-watch and twerk.

For the uninitiated few, ‘selfie’ officially means “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Once an obscure word used on sites like Flickr, the ‘selfie’ has since become a widely-used term: Its frequency in the English language increased by a whopping 17,000 percent over the past year.

“Using the Oxford Dictionaries language research program, which collects around 150 million words of current English in use each month, 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,” Oxford Dictionaries Editorial Director Judy Pearsall said in a press release.

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