Hate the word selfie? Here is who to blame (OK, it's Australia)

Wednesday 29 April 2015 13:00
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We've found the worst thing to come out of Australia since Rupert Murdoch: the word selfie.

The BBC reports it was first used was on a forum by Nathan Hope, who posted a "selfie" of a cut on his lip that he sustained while at a friend's 21st birthday party.

Lexicographer Mark Gwynn writes that the '-ie' suffix "is a natural part of the language" for most Australian-English speakers and is a mark of "informality":

Australian English is replete with such words: ‘barbie’ (a barbecue), ‘mushie’ (a mushroom), ‘prezzie’ (a present), and ‘sunnies’ (sunglasses) to name just a few.

So now you know who to blame.

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