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OK, so what am I going to talk about in today’s short podcast? Well, I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago, visiting my family there and I noticed that the English slang word ‘selfie’ has clearly been adopted into the French language.
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OK, so what am I going to talk about in today’s short podcast? Well, I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago, visiting my family there and I noticed that the English slang word ‘selfie’ has clearly been adopted into the French language. It was on a massive advert in the street near Pont Neuf in Paris for a certain type of mobile phone - ‘Le Selfie’. I imagine the people who decide what new words appear in the official French dictionary would not be very happy about ‘Le Selfie’. A little bit of research online, and I learn that in German you can apparently say ‘Das Selfie’.
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Selfie Is Officially An English Word
Well the word ‘selfie’ was added into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013, so it’s been around a while in English and of course, comes from the word ‘self’. And in case you don’t know this word, I’ll explain. What is ‘a selfie’ in English? Well, if you take a photograph, a photo of yourself, possibly with your friends or with your dog or your cat, using your mobile phone – that’s a selfie.
Often people take selfies with famous places in the background, just to show that they’ve been there. And for a number of years now, you’ve been able to buy selfie sticks. This is a device that you can attach to your phone, in case your arm isn’t long enough. A selfie stick means that you can get just that bit more into your photograph of yourself! I notice online also that some tourist destinations have now banned the use of the selfie stick! No selfie sticks….
Do Selfies Make You Famous?
People famous for their use of selfies are Barack Obama or David Cameron even – strangely Theresa May seems to be less into selfies. The most famous selfie is probably that photograph taken at the 2014 Oscars with Bradley Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres and their friends. I think pretty much anyone who possesses a mobile phone, will have taken a selfie at some point. But what do you call it?
Does your language have its own word for the selfie – or has this bit of English slang crept into your language too?