A WORD for a photograph of yourself by yourself is the Word of the Year for a society that no longer cares about words.
The Oxford English Dictionary, the terminally jaded guardian of the English language, announced that out of all the words used over the last 12 months, selfie is the one that really sums everything up.
A spokesman said: It would have been nice if the Word of the Year was boson or wherewithal or Lepidoptera.
It might even have been vaguely acceptable if the word for a smartphone self-portrait was something like selfication or autoscape.
Anyway, next year were not even going to try. So the Word of the Year will be whatever your name is. Because thats all that really matters, isnt it?
The spokesman added: Its not our job to make you better people. Weve got lives.
Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: Im so pleased that the Word of the Year symbolises our ever increasing distance from things that are not pictures.
Next years Word of the Year should really be a video of an amusing baby.