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What makes a selfie a selfie?
I wrote an article for Lexicon Valley about extended uses of the word selfie:

We typically think of a selfie as a photo taken by and of oneself, whether in a mirror or by holding a camera out at arm’s length, hence the name. But here’s a recent anecdote from Language Log suggesting that some people are extending it more figuratively:




In front of the window of a candy store in Peebles, a small town about an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh, an elderly American woman approached a gentleman she didn’t know and, holding out a cell phone, asked:




"Would you please take a selfie of my friend and I in front of this window?"




She was not aware that she had approached a linguist.



Are art museums full of Renaissance selfies for you, even if Henry VIII didn’t paint his own self-portrait? Or have you only encountered the more limited uses of selfie? 

Apparently, pictures taken in photobooths can also be referred to as selfies, at least according to this CBC article:
The portraits were all likely taken in a Photomatic Photobooth, a contraption invented in the 1920s that remained popular throughout the 1940s that allowed people to take some of the earliest selfies. 

I have to confess that #selfie by the chainsmokers is a guilty pleasure of mine, expressly because the use of selfie is so darn interesting

allthingslinguistic:

allthingslinguistic:

What makes a selfie a selfie?

I wrote an article for Lexicon Valley about extended uses of the word selfie:

Are art museums full of Renaissance selfies for you, even if Henry VIII didn’t paint his own self-portrait? Or have you only encountered the more limited uses of selfie

Apparently, pictures taken in photobooths can also be referred to as selfies, at least according to this CBC article:

The portraits were all likely taken in a Photomatic Photobooth, a contraption invented in the 1920s that remained popular throughout the 1940s that allowed people to take some of the earliest selfies. 

I have to confess that #selfie by the chainsmokers is a guilty pleasure of mine, expressly because the use of selfie is so darn interesting