“Overshare” the Word of the Year for 2014

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Recently, a statement from the reputable British dictionary Chambers summed up the results of its annual contest to determine the […]

Photobombing Alley Mills, Darin Brooks, Pierson Fode

Recently, a statement from the reputable British dictionary Chambers summed up the results of its annual contest to determine the word of the year. Organizers of this unusual research project collect word suggestions, submitted by users on the website collinsdictionary.com, and explore new word definitions on the Internet. As a result, the following words made the shortlist in the competition: “overshare” (too much information in a short period of time), “photobomb” (a picture deliberately spoiled by the person in the background), “selfie” (self-portrait made on a cell phone camera) and “bashtag” (a hashtag used for critical and abusive comments). By the way, “selfie” also made Lake Superior State University’s 2014 list of “improper, excessive and generally useless” words which should be banned from use in the Royal English language.

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