Word invention has reached a fever pitch in our culture, as neologisms and new smeshies (words smooshed and meshed together) seem to go viral on a daily basis. Last week, the Oxford English Dictionaries committee ruled on which new inventions rate official attention, and “selfie” was the unanimous winner, with “bitcoin,” “twerk,” “binge-watch,” “schmeat,” and “showrooming” on the short list. They chose from an embarrassment of options, as the likes of “selfie” spawned endless variants such as “welfie” (workout selfie), “helfie” (hair-centric selfie), bookshelfie (books-in-background selfie), and “drelfie” (drunken selfie). Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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