Language is a human production. And humans evolve and change. We have the power of transforming ourselves and our environment. Sometimes for the good, and unfortunately sometimes, for the bad. But almost everything has the power of transformation. In fact, I once heard that the only one thing which remains unmoved in life is change. So, I can only but welcome changes in language, too.
There are many new words that enter language that bring about controversy and debate. An example of this is the word selfie Definition. Macmillan Dictionary which has just been accepted as the new word of the year due to its drastic climb in usage. If you are interested in the topic, I recommend reading Oxford Dictionary blog where the question How do you decide whether a new word should be included in an Oxford dictionary? is answered.
Also, the following articles might be a good read:
The origin of the word selfie explained in CNN Living.
Taking selfies and its popularity in Daily Mail
If you would like to test your listening skills try with this comprehension exercise with available on PDF: Me, Myself and My Selfie LC
- Oxford Dictionaries name ‘selfie’ as 2013’s word of the year (express.co.uk)
- “Selfie” declared 2013 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries (cbsnews.com)
- What do the words ‘chav’, ‘omnishambles’ and ‘selfie’ have in common? (oisebristol.me)