The Oxford University deemed “selfie” as the word of the year for 2013. The people at Oxford noticed a spike in the usage of this word so they named it as the word of the year. Selfie is when someone takes a picture of themselves, usually with a smart phone, for those living under a rock and don’t know what it means. However, Merriam-Webster crowned another word, “science”.
They simply observed searches on their website and searches for this word has gone up 176 percent. President and publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc, John Morse, said:
The more we thought about it, the righter it seemed in that it does lurk behind a lot of big stories that we as a society are grappling with, whether it’s climate change or environmental regulation or what’s in our textbooks.
In my opinion, deeming a word as “the word of the year” by simply taking into account their usage is wrong. There should be a lot more factors that should be taken into account, such as the importance of that word or how it came to be. Going along with trends isn’t something that the Oxford University should do. They should ignore trends all together and stick to an academical approach to new words being used.
As far as “science” goes, it is only natural that more and more people start using this word. As technology progresses, we have access to a lot more information. Using a simple search on the web, you can find anything from pictures of the most remote places on Earth to all the proteins that the human body uses.
Words like “selfie” and “swag” shouldn’t be given attention and just let them pass us by as they do not offer anything positive to the English vocabulary.